Joe Paterno

Joe is the Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc., Region 24. His responsibilities include coordinating all activities for a volunteer Board of Directors that oversees the following initiatives (in coordination with local community and business partners, school districts, and state agencies): The Workforce Investment Act, One Stop Career Centers, Welfare Transition, High Skills/High Wages and other state and local initiatives. He managed the collaboration of these initiatives with other local partners, such as the school districts, state agencies, and the business community.

Joe came to Southwest Florida from Kentucky, where he oversaw an employment and training program in a 92-county area and was responsible for administering an annual budget of approximately 4.5 million dollars.

Joseph is a graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting and Economics. He has been a member of the Florida Employment and Training Association since 1985, a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida since 1986, a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XII, and past President of the Collier County Chapter of the American Red Cross. In 2002 he was recognized as one of Collier County’s “Men of Distinction.”