About Us

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 What NRWIB Hopes to Solve:

Developing and maintaining a high-quality workforce is important to attracting and retaining business in Connecticut.

The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board’s goal is to develop and maintain a highly-skilled workforce which promotes and sustains a healthy economy and business growth in Northwest Connecticut. The NRWIB provides training for workers across all sectors, focusing on high-demand industries.

Our American Job Center system is user-friendly and responsive to the needs of both job-seekers and employers. Our partnerships with businesses, career training providers, local governments, and human services agencies allow us to provide valuable services to adults and youth. The NRWIB is part of a statewide network of 19 American Job Centers, delivering free employment services through 1-on-1 career counseling, career training and job placement assistance.

Our regional job centers are conveniently located in Waterbury, Danbury and Torrington.

A Jill of All Trades: Cathy Awwad

A sign-climbing, hoops-coaching, program-building innovator, Cathy Awwad is one of the state's top minds in workforce development. Meet this multifaceted Waterburian, and go inside how she’s building more pathways for employers and employees alike.

View Cathy's feature on thewaterbury.com

Areas We Serve


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Making the Federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Work for Today and the Future


The local workforce board, as it carries out its mission, serves as the link between job seekers and employers. We work to match business needs with job seeker talents and continue to upskill both current and future workforce. The board and its American Job Center partners provide a more highly-skilled workforce, ensuring the prosperity of both businesses and workers.


Our History

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Staff Directory

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