The Cape and Islands Workforce Board Story

The Cape and Islands Workforce Board (CIWB) is a regional, private sector led agency responsible for overseeing all publicly funded vocational education and training programs serving the entire Cape and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The CIWB is organized as a private non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, formed to carry out the mandates of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This work is conducted under the guidance of leaders from the private, public, and non profit sectors.

What is Workforce Development?

Workforce Development includes all of the public and private investments and activities undertaken to ensure that individuals are employable and have jobs.

Simultaneously the workforce development system works to ensure that companies can find and develop the skilled workforce they need to be successful in the world marketplace.

See the CIWB Regional Blueprint here.

Regional Planning Blueprint
Our History
Board of Directors
Cape and Islands Career Center

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

Provide leadership for workforce development activities through private and public partnerships.

Vision Statement

The Cape & Islands will have a skilled workforce that supports business retention, expansion and attraction in a community that promotes self-sufficiency, economic opportunity, and lifelong learning.

Meet Our Team

Kara Galvin
Kara GalvinExecutive Director
Samantha Fonseca
Samantha FonsecaSTEM Coordinator
Anna Larsson
Anna Larsson Connecting Activities Assistant

More About the Cape and Islands Workforce Board

Annual Report 2017
Workforce Board Org Charts

Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative

MA Governor Charlie Baker has created a Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) comprised of the Executive Offices of Labor and Workforce Development (Secretary Rosalin Acosta); Education (Secretary James Peyser); and Housing and Economic Development (Secretary Jay Ash). The WSC is seeking to build collaborative solutions by aligning economic, workforce, and education systems in Massachusetts with the skill needs of regional economies. A Regional Planning process has been developed to bring together regional partners to collectively determine high priority regional career pathways and to craft collaborative solutions to meet the region’s and the Commonwealth’s jobseeker and employer needs. The goal is to ensure that regional employers, educators, economic development entities, regional planning organizations and workforce training officials are coordinated in a way that creates strong talent pipelines, for both middleskilled and highly skilled jobs.

The planning process for the Cape & Islands region is led by the region’s workforce development board: The Cape & Islands Workforce Board (CIWB). An estimated $25,000 is available to pay for support of the regional planning activity.

For more information, you can download the Request for Qualifications for Regional Planning in the Cape Cod Region (pdf).

See also the Workforce Skills Cabinet Regional Planning Blueprint Template (pdf)