High Country WDB Director to Depart for New Role

(Boone,HCWDB - From the Director updated 03.10 NC)  Adrian Tait, Director of the High Country Workforce Development Board (HCWDB), has been selected as the North Carolina Regional Director for ResCare Workforce Services.  He will assume this role next month.

Since 2011, Tait has served as director of the HCWDB and has helped the board continue to grow into a dynamic, demand-driven organization.  The NCWorks Career Centers – which are overseen by the HCWDB – served 1,090 businesses and more than 15,000 job seekers across its seven-county region last year.

Through his leadership and collaborations with business, education, government, and non-profit leaders, the HCWDB has developed innovative solutions for the region such as partnering on unique strategies to re-engage students who have dropped out of school and regional collaborative initiatives to help more regional businesses find the talent they need to compete.

“The High Country Workforce Development Board is known nationally for our innovative approaches thanks for Adrian’s vision and leadership,” said Sallie Woodring, Chair of the workforce development board. “He has worked hard for our region and also shared his passion across North Carolina over the past five years. His progressive approach and enthusiasm will be missed.”

ResCare Workforce Services is a national workforce services provider with operations in 330 locations across 29 states serving more than 1 million job seekers and thousands of employers annually. In his new role with ResCare, Tait will work with its operations throughout North Carolina, in partnership with local workforce boards and the broader NCWorks system, continuing to strengthen NCWorks Career Centers in many parts of the state. ResCare currently operates in five workforce regions in NC with 19 locations and more than 150 ResCare staff.

“While I am certainly excited to step into this new role, it is also with some sadness that I leave the High Country Workforce Development Board,” Tait said. “We’ve been a part of transforming the workforce system here in the mountains and beyond, and I’m proud of our staff and our board members.”

Woodring stated that the HCWDB will appoint an interim leader while it conducts a national search for Tait’s replacement.

The High Country Workforce Development Board oversees the workforce development system in the counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey.  Its mission is to help employers meet their workforce needs, help individuals build careers, strengthen the local economy, and meet the challenges of global competition.

The HCWDB’s work reaches adults seeking more meaningful careers, dislocated workers aiming to regain employment, and young adults focused on getting the right start in life.  The HCWDB also represents employers from a broad range of leading industries that need workers with the training, skills, and dedication to produce important products and services for a global marketplace.  For both, the HCWDB helps guide the efforts of public and community resources to enhance the workforce capabilities.