Workforce Development Boards are responsible for the administration of employment and training programs in Texas, including the planning, oversight, evaluation and monitoring functions necessary to ensure the delivery of quality services.

The system of workforce development boards in Texas is a result of the Texas Legislature enacting House Bill 1863. In an effort to improve the quality and skill levels of the workforce in Texas and better meet the needs of employers in the state, this legislation has created a new system for delivering employment and training services to the public, including employers, job seekers and students. The Texoma Workforce Development Board is one of 28 Boards in the state of Texas.

Similar federal legislation, entitled the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), was enacted in August of 1998. WIA changed the image of workforce programs and promoted the implementation of the Texas model throughout the country.

The Texoma Board is comprised of 33 members, 51% of whom represent private sector employers. The membership is apportioned by county population, and has five at-large members. Public sector members include representatives from educational institutions, community based organizations, public employment, rehabilitation and labor. Board members are appointed by the Chief Elected Officials of the Texoma Workforce Development Area. Those officials are the county judges from Cooke, Grayson and Fannin Counties and the mayor of the largest city (Sherman). Board member nominations are submitted to the Texas Workforce Commission for final approval.

The design for service delivery in Texoma includes an integrated system of One-Stop Workforce Centers. Workforce Centers are located in Bonham, Denison and Gainesville to provide the direct services to customers.

The Board (administrative) offices are located at 5904 Texoma Parkway in Sherman. No client services are provided at this location. The Board contracts with a private service provider to operate the Workforce Centers.

For more information about the Texoma Workforce Development Board, contact Carlotta Doolittle at:

Workforce Texoma 5904 Texoma Parkway Sherman, TX 75090 Phone: 903.957.7408 Fax: 903.957.7413 Email: Julie.Baula@wfstexoma.org