The Southwest Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) intends to be an economic and workforce development service to the community, the employee and the employer.

Public Comment Period Regarding Regional Workforce Development Plan

On May 1, 2017, the Workforce Boards of Southwest, South Central, and Northwestern Oklahoma will be submitting a four-year Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Western Oklahoma Regional Plan for the period July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2021 to the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development.  A 30 day public comment period is required and will officially begin March 30, 2017. 

The Western Oklahoma Planning Region is comprised of thirty-three counties: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Cimarron, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Major, McClain, Noble, Payne, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods, and Woodward.

The nature of the WIOA program is to provide assistance to individuals who are seeking employment or necessary training for employment so that businesses can obtain a well trained workforce.  Funds are allocated local areas from the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, the state WIOA Administrative Entity. 

All public comments must be received by close of business April 28, 2017 and must be in writing.  Comments may be mailed to Workforce Board Director, 1116 19th Street, Woodward, OK 73801 or emailed to Trina Madden, Carol Sims, or Jennifer Miller jmiller@oeda.orgElectronic copies of the draft plan may be found on the following websites:, and

The link to the Regional Plan can be found below:


Key Goals for the Southwest WIB

  • Promote life-long learning.
  • Promote a skilled workforce for our area.
  • Promote the Oklahoma Career Ready Certificate and WorkKeys assessments.
  • Explore and utilize the industry cluster concept.
  • Benchmark and provide meaningful data to improve services in the area.

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Contact Information

Carol Sims, WDB Director
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  • Phone: 580-562-4882 (Ext. 178)
  • Fax: 580-562-4880
  • Cell: 405-464-3223
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