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What is the WDC?

The Hawaii Workforce Development Council (WDC) is a private-sector-led body responsible for advising the Governor and legislature on preparing Hawaii's workforce development infrastructure to support economic development and employment opportunities for all. The WDC is also the statewide Workforce Investment Board for purposes of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The WDC assists the governor and legislature in developing and updating comprehensive five-year strategic workforce investment plans and oversees workforce investment activities in the state.

The WDC is a conduit for federal monies to establish pilot projects targeted for specific workforce development programs. Through various departments in the federal government—including the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Energy—the WDC has sought and been awarded a number of federally-funded grant opportunities.

The WDC Vision:

The WDC envisions a globally competitive and skilled workforce that promotes and nurtures a diverse and prosperous economy and preserves the special quality of life in Hawaii.

The WDC Mission:

The WDC promotes and facilitates the development of a skilled workforce that meets the needs of business and industry, enhances workplace productivity, and increases opportunities for high-wage employment and entrepreneurship.