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Texas Ford Dealers and Central Texas College Partner on “Ford Technicians of Tomorrow Program”.

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Killeen ⎯ The Texas Ford Dealers, Central Texas College, and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas have partnered in cooperation with the United States Army to provide $212,206.00 worth of training equipment and resources that will help transitioning soldiers and target the occupational growth of automotive technicians in Central Texas.

Over the past year, there have been 108 employers competing for this talent with more than 390 job postings this past year. Automotive Technicians can earn as much as $30.95 an hour in Central Texas. The program is part of the Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) initiative and the grant includes the purchase of the 5 training vehicles and 14 Rotunda Starter Toolkits. The equipment purchased is made possible using a $106,303.00 TIP grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and leveraged matching funds of $106,303.00 from the Texas Ford Dealers.

“The partnership between the Texas Ford Dealers and Central Texas College with the Texas Industry Partnership grant, will benefit the soldiers transitioning out of Fort Hood into civilian life,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Texas employers continue to lead the way by taking an active role in training for their critical needs and I am proud of this contribution from the Texas Ford Dealers and their commitment to the community and the future of our world-class workforce in Texas.”

“Central Texas College is committed to helping young adults prepare for careers and become skilled workers. It is not just critical to the growth of our region it is critical to the economic health of our communities. Collaboration is key to economic growth, and Central Texas College and the Texas Ford Dealers are demonstrating how pooling resources can positively affect employment readiness,” said Susan Kamas Executive Director of Workforce Solutions of Central Texas.

A presentation ceremony is scheduled at the Central Texas College, 6200 W Central Texas Expressway, in Killeen on April 9, 2:00 pm.

Expected to be in attendance are representatives from the Texas Ford Dealers, and Garrison Command of Fort Hood. Aaron Demerson, Commissioner Representing Employers of the Texas Workforce Commission, Jim Yeonopolus, Chancellor of Central Texas College, and Susan Kamas, Executive Director of the Central Texas Workforce Board. The Texas Industry Partnership is a $1 million program that allows the local workforce board to apply for funds, to be matched by local industry partners, on behalf of workforce-related projects. Ideally, the funds are used to create occupational job training programs that will improve the skill sets of individuals for jobs in six designated industry clusters: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, information technology, petroleum refining, and energy. Funding can be used but is not limited to curriculum, equipment, instructors, and small building improvements.

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Students Receive Recognition for Employability Skills

Students Receive Recognition for Employability Skills

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Belton, TX – The Temple Independent School District is the first district in Central Texas to have students receive certifications for employability skills. Seventy Temple High School Students are the first Central Texas High School students this year to achieve the Conover Workplace Readiness Credential through the Student Occupational Awareness and Recognition Program (SOAR) provided by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. The Workplace Readiness program currently has seventeen components and each program takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. The Workplace Readiness Credential is recognized by the National Soft Skills Association. The students will be presented their certificates on February 5, and 12, at the Temple High School Career Center.

“Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are the drivers of innovation and are priorities in our academic programming at Temple Independent School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Bobby Ott. “But we also know that employability skills are a key component to our students preparing for jobs and careers success.”

Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center have all concluded that 85% of job success comes from having welldeveloped employability and people skills and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge (hard skills). Soft skills have been identified as critically important for workplace success for almost 100 years. The Workplace Readiness Credential and the Student Occupational Awareness and Recognition Program (SOAR) were developed to address these critical workplace skills.

“I am excited that Temple High School students were able to participate in the program. I’m probably the proudest, however, at the success of these seventy students for being the first in Central Texas but for their commitment to complete the certification. I have to give these students 100% credit for the more than thirty hours they committed to this training,” Dr. Ott commented.

The Student Occupational Awareness and Recognition (SOAR) Program is currently operating in eight school districts in Central Texas including Temple, Belton, Killeen, Troy, Salado, Troy, Lampasas, Gatesville and Academy. The program provides career guidance and information to middle school and high school students. Charley Ayres is the Director of Industry/Education Partnerships for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and oversees the program.

“We are excited about our partnerships and the school districts have really made us feel like a part of their mission to prepare students for life after high school. We are in the second year of programming and in spite of the pandemic, the staff has engaged over 16,900 students this school year,” Ayres said.

The mission of the Career and Technical Education program in Temple ISD is to inspire, motivate, and empower students to reach their maximum potential. As that relates to career education, the students are being prepared for workforce readiness and lifelong learning through real-world business and industry experiences as well as post-secondary education exposure as a part of their high school experience.

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Public Notice

Public Notice:
Requisition for Proposal

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The Central Texas Workforce Development Board, Inc., dba Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, is accepting proposals from qualified organizations for the management and operations of its Workforce Centers (aka One Stop Centers, aka American Job Centers). The local Workforce Centers provide business and job seeker services for the seven Texas counties of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba.

The Request for Proposals may be downloaded at www.workforcesolutionsctx.com under the shortcut: “About Us, Work with Us” link or at https://workforcesolutionsctx.com/procurement-vendors/. Prospective bidders may contact Horace Dicks by email at wbs@workforcesolutionsctx.com to request a proposal package or submit questions.

 

The Letter of Intent to Bid form included in the Proposal Application Packet must be received on or before 5:00 pm CDT on January 29, 2021. Questions must be submitted on or before 5:00 pm CDT on January 29, 2021. A mandatory Bidder’s Conference will be held at 2:00 pm of February 3, 2021. Answers to any questions received will be distributed on February 5, 2021.

 

Proposals are due on or before 5:00 pm CDT February 26, 2021. Proposals will be submitted by email to wbs@workforcesolutionsctx.com. Late Proposals will not be accepted.

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MyTXCareer.com Helps Texans Find Jobs, Return to Work

MyTXCareer.com Helps Texans Find Jobs, Return to Work

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  • AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has launched MyTxCareer.com, a new online job search site designed to help Texans quickly register, search for, and apply for jobs available right now in Texas. There are currently more than 500,000 job postings available posted by more than 20,000 employers.

“MyTxCareer.com is another valuable resource from TWC to help Texans find the jobs they need to get back into the workforce,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “At TWC we remain focused on connecting workers with employers quickly and efficiently.” 

 

MyTXCareer.com provides job seekers a streamlined way to register for WorkInTexas.com, the state’s online job-matching website. This new site is ideal for new users who just need to get back to work and may not need other services or programs offered by the Texas Workforce system. The sites, which are connected, offer access to the same employers and job postings. MyTxCareer.com offers a simpler registration and layout. Users who already have a WorkInTexas.com login should use that to login to MyTXCareer.com. Employers will continue to post jobs on WorkInTexas.com.  

 

“We created MyTxCareer.com for Texans looking to get hired quickly, but we still have the advanced job-matching and career enhancing resources available for those people who want them,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

 

Job searches on MyTexasCareer.com or WorkinTexas.com will satisfy the work search requirement for continued unemployment benefits, but persons receiving benefits can also use any private site, or alternatively may complete any of the activities listed at the following site: https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/work-search-requirements-unemployment-benefits#acceptableWorkSearchActivities

 

“Texas continues to remain open for business and our Texas employers are actively seeking qualified applicants,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “MyTXCareer.com is a helpful website that will match our Texas employers with the highly skilled workers needed to fill the over 500,000 open and available job positions in Texas.”

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Veterans and Employers in Central Texas to Connect Virtually Region-wide for Hiring Red, White & You on November 5

Hiring Red, White & You
November 5

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Belton – Workforce Solutions of Central Texas has partnered with four neighboring workforce development boards to host their largest virtual hiring experience for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses, on November 5, 2020, as part of the statewide Hiring, Red, White & You event.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area, Rural Capital Area, Alamo, Central Texas, and Heart of Texas will host five unique virtual job fairs with employers and training providers covering 36 counties along the Interstate 35 corridor, from Waco to San Antonio. While this hiring experience prioritizes helping Texans who served, the virtual events will be open to the public.

The regional events are part of the annual statewide Hiring Red White & You event hosted by the Texas Workforce Commission, now in its ninth year. Texas’ 28 local workforce development boards will host local job fairs virtually with certain in-person services and resources available at some locations.

Susan Kamas the Executive Director of Central Texas said, “We urge businesses and organizations across Central Texas to reach out to our veterans and help them make a smooth transition back into civilian life. It is much more than just providing an opportunity for someone who served. You are drawing from a highly-skilled, dedicated talent pool that will benefit the growth of your company”.

Visit www.warriorwelcome.com to learn more about the five virtual events for Central Texas.

To learn more about the statewide events scheduled for November 5, visit https://www.twc.texas.gov/hiring-red-white-you.

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Guidance from TWC – UI Claimants who’ve Received Overpayment Letters

TWC Guidelines - UI Claimaints who've Received Overpayment Letters

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By WEBSITE ADMIN

TWC sent out overpayment letters this week to UI Claimants who received benefits for unreported wages. If a you are a UI Claimant and need to discuss an overpayment issue, the contact information to appeal is located in your letter. We do not have special contacts to handle these issues.

“Contact the Benefits Overpayment Collections department to request a payment plan, get information on where to send your payment, or get the balance of your overpayment. The Collections department is not able to investigate your claim or determine whether you have an overpayment. To discuss the reason you were overpaid, make changes/corrections, or for any other assistance with your unemployment claim, contact the Unemployment Tele-Center at 800-939-6631. To ensure timely service to customers needing assistance repaying an overpayment, we cannot forward messages. Please contact the Unemployment department directly using the contact information above”.

 

To make payment arrangements, contact Benefit Overpayment Collections, using one of the following contact methods:

  • Mail: Benefit Overpayment Collections
    Texas Workforce Commission
    101 E 15th St, Rm 556 Austin, TX 78778
  • Call: 512-936-3338
  • Fax: 512-936-3799
  • Email: special.colloverpay@twc.state.tx.us

To discuss a Notice of Potential Overpayment letter, contact Benefit Investigations by calling 800-950-3592.

More information provided at TWC Website

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Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Pauses Reopening

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Pauses Reopening

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With the decision of the Texas Workforce Commission to delay the reinstatement of the work search requirement for unemployment benefits in Texas, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas has paused the reopening of the Workforce Centers until August 3, 2020.

The decision to pause the opening was made in light of the delay of work search requirements and to help mitigate the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and job seekers and employers should know we are providing all services remotely.

 

“Our facilities may be closed but we have never stopped serving customers”, said Louis LeDoux, Chief Operating Officer. “We have been meeting the needs of our customers and we will continue to provide our services – online, over the phone, virtually, and with classes offered both synchronously and asynchronously”. In the past 90 days, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas has served over 84,800 customers.

 

If individuals need to file for unemployment benefits, contact the Texas Workforce Commission at ui.texasworkforce.org or 800-939-6631.

 

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas staff can be reached by phone or email, during normal business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The staff continues to be available to help with job matching, career counseling, and employer services. For more information or staff contact information go to www.workforcesolutionsctx.com or call your nearest Workforce Center.

 

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TWC Provides Acceptable Reasons for Work Refusal

TWC Provides Acceptable Reasons for Work Refusal

Maximum Income eligibility for Child Care Services eligibility, Effective October 1, 2019.

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AUSTIN – On June 16, 2020, the Commission took action to provide guidance to unemployment claimants concerning their continued eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits (UI) should they refuse suitable work.

Each UI benefits case is currently evaluated on an individual basis. However, because of the COVID-19 emergency, the following are reasons benefits would be granted if the individual refused suitable work.

 

Reason for refusal:

  • People 65 years or older, and/or people with medical issues, like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system, or are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID‑19. (Source: DSHS website)
  • Household member at high risk – People 65 years or older or are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (source DSHS website).
  • Diagnosed with COVID – the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered.
  • Family member with COVID – anybody in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered and 14 days have not yet passed.
  • Quarantined – individual is currently in 14-day quarantine due to close contact exposure to COVID-19.
  • Child care – Child’s school or daycare closed and no reasonable alternatives are available.

Any other situation will be subject to a case by case review by the Texas Workforce Commission based on individual circumstances.

 

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.

 

TWC’s original Press Release can be found by clicking HERE.

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Guidance from TWC – Going Back to Work

Guidance from TWC: Going Back to Work

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As the state reopens, we want to ensure UI claimants know The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) guidance concerning their continued eligibility for unemployment benefits (UI).

It is important for UI claimants to communicate with their employers. If not, the employer may submit a report to TWC which will lead to an investigation and it could be considered fraud.

 

Reason for Refusal:

  • At High Risk – People 65 years or older are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 (Source DSHS website).
  • Household member at high risk – People 65 years or older are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (source DSHS website).
  • Diagnosed with COVID – the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered.
  • Family member with COVID – anybody in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered and 14 days have not yet passed.
  • Quarantined – individual is currently in 14-day quarantine due to close contact exposure to COVID-19.
  • Child care – Child’s school or daycare closed and no alternatives are available.

Any other situation will be subject to a case by case review by the Texas Workforce Commission based on individual circumstances.

 

Reduced Hours or Part-Time Workers:

 

If UI claimants start working reduced hours or part-time, they should continue making payment requests, but they need to report their earned wages. Ed Serna, TWC Executive Director, “If you take a part-time job, report your income. You’ll still be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. You’re still eligible for the $600. Your unemployment benefit may go down. Don’t worry. That doesn’t affect your $600. But if you’re able and ready, take that part-time job”.

 

Taken from: https://www.twc.texas.gov/texas-workforce-commission-issues-guidance-unemployment-claimants 

 

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COVID-19 Update -Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Available for Eligible Workers

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Available for Eligible Workers

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By WEBSITE ADMIN

AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages those who have not yet applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as a result of COVID-19 to apply now. Individuals affected by COVID-19 can apply for PUA benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling a TWC Tele-Center any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 800-939-6631.When applying, individuals affected by the pandemic should indicate that as the reason they lost their job.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits for persons impacted by COVID-19 and covers individuals who are self-employed, who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation, or who have exhausted state benefits.

 

Additionally, TWC has begun rolling out the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), adding an additional $600 per week for claimants. Individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) or federal extended benefits qualify for the additional $600.

 

If you have already applied for traditional UI benefits, you do not need to take any further action to quality for PUA. Do not apply for benefits again. TWC will review eligibility for PUA for all existing applicants automatically and notify claimants by mail or electronic correspondence of their eligibility. 

 

If you are an independent contractor, self-employed or a 1099 worker, you have until December 26, 2020 to provide your 2019 Internal Revenue Service Form 1040 and Schedule C, F, or SE.

 

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dated March 27, 2020, individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) or Extended Benefits (EB) under state or federal law or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) under section 2107 may be eligible for assistance under PUA. Coverage may also include individuals who have exhausted their benefits under regular UC or EB claims under state or federal law, or PEUC.

 

Click HERE to learn more and apply for benefits on the TWC website.

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