Non-profit Interview in Tulsa, OK: Northeast Workforce Development Board


The Northeast Workforce Development Board is a local non-profit organization supporting job seekers with job placement and skills assessments in collaboration with local workforce partners. Your professional roofing contractor Ranger Roofing of Oklahoma from Tulsa spoke to Michelle Bish from the NWDB who explained how the organization works, and with what challenges are they facing.


As they function as a resource to businesses and job seekers, you can consider if maybe they could help you out somehow. If you are seeking for a new job or any kind of business education, Northeast Workforce Development Board could be the perfect place to start your search. Check our interview with Michelle to gain more information.



To begin with, we would like you to briefly tell us about your organization

The Northeast Workforce Development Board is a local, nonprofit workforce development initiative and a proud partner of the American Job Center Network. Serving designated counties in Northeast Oklahoma, our local board is charged with serving the needs of job seekers and employers alike. The Northeast Workforce Development Board has the responsibility, on the local level, to act as a convener and a collaborator and is charged with hosting community conversations to better align workforce resources in education and economic development to better understand the complexity of the regional market.

  1. What do you do exactly?

And what was the reason that encouraged you to start this organization?

The Northeast Workforce Development Board, in coordination with local workforce partners, supports job seekers with job placement, skills assessments, and for eligible participants, help with the cost of tuition for short-term training resulting in degrees and certifications in demand occupations. Through our local career centers, we also offer employers recruitment services and resources.


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  1. What motivates you?

Describe your mission passion

The Northeast Workforce Board serves as a resource to businesses and job seekers. Through these resources, businesses are equipped with the talent needed to grow a healthy Oklahoma and job seekers receive the education and training needed to fill the demands of northeast Oklahoma employers. Empowering Oklahomans is our passion!

  1. Tell us about your goals

The goals of the Northeast Workforce Board are centered around the needs of our local businesses in meeting their critical hiring needs. To support business needs, we work to align training opportunities for job seekers that meet the needs of business. This is accomplished by increasing educational attainment, increasing the number of work based learning opportunities, such as Registered Apprenticeships, development of sector strategies and career pathways, retention and emphasis on at-risk youth populations.


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  1. What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?

Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.

In 2014 the federal law that governs our programs was significantly overhauled. Since that time the implementation process has been extremely painful. We are phasing in the new aspects of the law and this creates numerous challenges related to how we deliver our programs, strategies for delivery and impact on our partners.

  1. What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?

Through our workforce programs we have tremendous opportunity to impact business and individuals. We create new opportunities for job seekers that equip them with the skills and training they need to be successful in the workplace and make a self-sufficient wage. We consistently hear that without these opportunities many of our clients would remain in poverty and struggle to provide for their families. Through our youth programs, we target at-risk youth population and create opportunities for them to gain training, education and work-based learning that empowers them to build a promising future. Our business partners benefit as well as they reap the benefits of a well trained workforce.


  1. What separates you from the rest? Why you?

The success of our organization reaches far beyond performance standards and meeting numbers. Our success is measured by the strength of our partnerships. The initiatives established for our organization by the US Department of Labor are only achievable when we collaborate and as we value the efforts of our workforce partners in education, economic development, human services, vocational rehab, adult education, employment services and so many others.


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  1. Do you have any upcoming events in the forthcoming months?

In the coming months we will focus on the development of sector strategies, led by business and industry. We will be hosting critical conversations as we work to identify employer needs and create sector partnerships designed to respond.

Our partners meet bi-monthly to disseminate resources that build a healthy workforce system. Our bi-monthly meetings are typically the first Thursday of the month and held at RSU in Claremore.

In April we will host a Registered Apprenticeship workshop for area employers who want to learn more about Registered Apprenticeships and how they can benefit their company.

On June 12 we will host our annual Elevate Young Adult Summit. The Northeast Oklahoma Elevate Summit is an annual event envisioned in 2009 by the members of the Governor’s Council for Economic and Workforce Development and members of the Northeast Workforce Board.  Each year the event presents career and educational opportunities to over 250 young adults. The event is coordinated through the Northeast Workforce Board in partnership with numerous businesses and community agencies. Area businesses are invited to partner with us for Elevate 2018!


  1. What is it that you love most about what you do?

Serving businesses and job seekers in northeast Oklahoma by sharing the resources and opportunities that will help meet their needs.

  1. What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with today?

There are so many layers of government compliance that create challenges in really doing the work that is most effective.

Contact: How can people reach out to you?

Your organization’s name, phone, address, e-mail and links to your website and social media

Northeast Workforce Development Board
1503 Lynn Riggs Blvd. STE D
Claremore, Oklahoma 74017


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