Workforce Development and Training

The White River Planning and Development District, Inc. is the Title I Service Provider for Adult, Dislocated Workers and Youth and One-Stop Operator under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The District also serves as the administrative entity and fiscal agent for the North Central Arkansas Workforce Development Board covering the counties of Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White and Woodruff. 

The WIOA Act, signed into law on July 22, 2014, is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years.  The Act, effective July 1, 2015, is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.  The enactment of this law provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven--responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future. 

All services are free of charge and can be accessed through workforce centers located in the District’s service area.

North Central Arkansas Workforce Development Board

Name Location Member Category
Ben Baxter Multi-County WIOA Core Partner
Regina Burkett Woodruff Business
Kimberly Clayborn Ten County Area WIOA Core Partner
Gayle Cooper Izard Business
Pat Dunegan Independence Community Based Organization
Shayne Gaither Independence Labor
Alvin Hearyman White Business
Garry Lawrence2 Sharp Business
Tim London3 White Labor
Keith McClanahan Izard Higher Education
Sherry Organ White Adult Education
Jada Ragland Stone Community Based Organization
Randy Ratliff Sharp Business
Jamie Rayford Independence Business/Econ. Development
Brian Robinson Jackson Business
Steve Roofener Multi-County Registered Apprenticeship
Angela Ryland Woodruff Business
Dara Samuel Cleburne Business
Darline Tucker Independence WIOA Core Partner
Pam Williams1 White Business
Micah Woods Stone Business

1 - Chairperson
2 - Vice-Chairman
3 - Secretary


Serving Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White and Woodruff Counties in north central Arkansas.

PO Box 2396 ▪ Batesville, AR 72503
Telephone 870-793-5233
Fax 870-793-4035 ▪ © Copyright 2013
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