Idaho Workforce Development Council Agency Overview
Through its committees, programs, and collaborations the Idaho Workforce Development Council helps connect Idahoans to career opportunities, and Idaho’s employers to a qualified workforce.
Child Care Expansion Grants
Child care is one of the most critical work supports for parents to successfully participate in the labor market. This funding, administered by the Workforce Development Council, will increase the number of child care seats available to working families.
Utilizing state, federal, and private funds, the Workforce Development Council funds employer, industry, and public sector projects that increase the economic mobility of Idahoans, support growth of the economy, and develop Idaho’s workforce pipeline through training initiatives that serve multiple employers and industries.
Idahoans can match their skills to employer needs and research training for the skills that hiring managers seek. By filling out a simple form, they can connect with a career planner to access training funds for in-demand courses.
Idaho LEADER Initiative
The Idaho Leader initiative is designed to help employers and education entities scale work-based learning opportunities such as internships, externships, apprenticeships, co-ops, career education, and on the-job training.
Next Steps Idaho
An initiative of the State Board of Education in partnership with the Idaho Workforce Development Council, Next Steps Idaho is designed to help all Idahoans understand and pursue the many education and career opportunities available to them.
Pathful Connect Idaho (Formerly NSI Connections)
Pathful Connect Idaho builds a bridge between students and the world of work, allowing any student at a contracted school to connect “live” with industry experts: locally, across the state, regionally, or nationally.
Talent Pipeline Management (TPM)
TPM helps employers save time, save money, and get the talent they need. Created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, TPM uses a tested employer-led methodology to overcome industry specific skills gap challenges. Through TPM, employers take the lead in building scalable, sustainable pipelines of talent.
Teacher Externship Program
The STEM Action Center, in partnership with the Workforce Development Council, provides K-12 classroom teachers and college and career advisors the opportunity to work at a local business where they gain valuable experience in an industry beyond education, helping them better prepare students for life beyond high school.
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded program that establishes the Workforce Development System and provides funding to support training and employment services for adults, dislocated workers, and low-income, out-of-school youth.
Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grant
Through a joint effort with the Idaho Workforce Development Council, Idaho Department of Labor, and Idaho Career Technical Education, Idaho Business for Education is scaling up Idaho’s Youth Apprenticeship program, with a goal of placing 400 apprentices by 2024 in some of the 1,200 federal apprenticeships.
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Council Meeting Resources
Committee Meeting Resources
The Executive Committee of the Council is comprised of the Council Chairperson, the Vice Chair, and three additional members. The Executive Committee’s responsibility is to set the direction and strategy for the Council, coordinate the work of the Council’s Committees, and serve as a conduit to employers. The Executive Committee may be convened to take action on behalf of the entire Council on matters that require expeditious action.
- Deni Hoehne – Chair, Amazon
- John Young, Vice Chair, Young Construction
- Joe Maloney, Idaho State AFL-CIO
- Kelly Kolb, Vista Outdoor
- Sarah Griffin, Idaho Power
- Liza Leonard, Ball Ventures
Child Care Expansion Committee
The Child Care Expansion Grant Committee is tasked with review and recommendations to the Council for the Child Care Expansion Grant Policy, and to review Child Care Expansion Grant applications.
- Sarah Griffin – Chair, Idaho Power
- Emily Allen, Idaho Voices for Children
- Beth Oppenheimer, Association for the Education of Young Children
- Erika Rupp, Idaho Health & Welfare
- Anna Almerico, Idaho Out-of-School Network
- Ben Davidson, ICCU
- Caroline Merritt, Chamber Alliance
- Renee Bade, Idaho Department of Labor
CNA Advisory Committee
CNA Advisory Committee co-chaired by Idaho Health & Welfare (IDHW) and Idaho Career Technical Education, is tasked with recommending a statutory framework for the governance of nursing assistants in Idaho.
- Senator David Lent
- Jeff Greene, Trinity Health
- Jeff Pittard, Life Care Centers of America
- Zendi Meharry, Cascadia Healthcare
- Leslie Wilson, Mountain View Hospital
- Robert Vande Merwe, Idaho Health Care Association
- Nicki Chopski, Idaho Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
- Laura Thompson, Co-Chair, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
- RaeLyn Price, Idaho State University
- Stephanie Mai, Co-Chair, Idaho Career Technical Education
- Randy Hudspeth, Idaho Center for Nursing
- Reuben Dekastle, St. Luke’s Health System
- Shawnie Leigh, Idaho Hospital Association
Grant Review Committee
The Grant Review Committee is responsible for reviewing grant proposals and recommending expenditures from the Workforce Development Training Fund.
- Kelly Kolb – Chair, Vista Outdoor
- Jay Larsen, Idaho Technology Council
- Brian Cox, Kochava
- Jeff Greene, Trinity Health
- Joe Maloney, Idaho AFL-CIO
- Jake Reynolds, Idaho Commerce
- Rico Barrera, Idaho Department of Labor
- Jenni Bradford, Idaho Career & Technical Education
The One-Stop Committee ensures the Council fulfills the requirements of a State Workforce Investment Board as set forth in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – with an emphasis on continuous improvement, alignment, and coordination. The Committee will draft policies as needed and coordinate procurement activities for the one-stop system.
- Jane Donnellan – Chair, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Terry Butikofer – ECIPDA
- Beth Cunningham – Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Korene Gonzalez – Community Council of Idaho
- Kristin Matthews – Idaho Health & Welfare
- Admir Selimovic – Idaho Commission on Aging
- Adrian San Miguel – Idaho Career & Technical Education
- Kristyn Carr – Idaho Department of Labor
- Amelia Valasek – Idaho Commission for Libraries
The Council is responsible for “increasing public awareness of and access to career education and training opportunities.” The Outreach Committee drives the coordination across state agencies, education, and the private sector to meet this objective.
- John Young – Chair, Young Construction
- Donna Butler – Dawn Enterprises
- Dave Hannah – G-Zero
- Kaitlin McGuire – STEM Action Center
- Georgia Smith – Idaho Department of Labor
- Sarah Buenrostro – Idaho Health & Welfare
- Janelle Culley – University of Idaho TRIO
- Jeff Tucker – Idaho Public Television
- Linda Clark – State Board of Education
- Matt Van Vleet – Clearwater Paper
- Marilyn Whitney – State Department of Education
- Megan O’Rourke – Idaho Career & Technical Education
- Janet Pretti – College of Southern Idaho
- Anna Almerico – Idaho Out-of-School Network
- Liza Leonard – Ball Ventures
Work-Based Learning Committee
The Work-Based Learning Committee will lead the development of replicable and sustainable work-based learning opportunities. The committee serves in advisory capacity to Idaho’s Apprenticeship Idaho team.
- Audrey Fletcher – Chair, Healthcare Consultant
- Sean Kelly – Dennis Technical Center
- Ed Huskey – United Electric
- Gina Robison – Idaho Department of Labor
- Marie Price – Idaho Forest Group
- Debbie Ronneburg – Idaho State University
- Destinie Hart – Idaho Career Technical Education
- James Smith – Southeast Idaho Electrical JATC
- Paula Kellerer – Idaho Business for Education
- Sherry Maupin – Valley County Commissioner
- Elizabeth Hoeper – Idaho Career & Technical Education
- Vicki Isakson – North Idaho College
- Ryan Gravette – Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
- John Russ – College of Western Idaho
Workforce Development Policy Committee
The Workforce Development Policy Committee is responsible for developing and overseeing procedures, criteria, and performance measures for the Workforce Development Training Fund, in addition to any other programs under the Council’s authority. The Committee will also develop an annual projection of needs for state investment into workforce development activities.
- Hope Morrow – Chair, INL
- Christi Gilchrist – College of Western Idaho
- Clay Long – Idaho Career Technical Education
- Daniel Puga – In Time Tec, LLC
- Jani Revier – Idaho Department of Labor
- Jason Hudson – Idaho State AFL-CIO
- John Smith – City of Lewiston
- Lori Barber – College of Eastern Idaho
- Sean Coletti – City of Ammon
- Tom Kealey – Idaho Commerce
- Tom Schultz – Idaho Forest Group