Students & Young Adults

Wingspan is the “Taking Flight” program (WIOA Youth) and the “SOAR” Program (Education Outreach) administered by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. It is dedicated to empowering the next generation of successful and independent young adults by guiding them through career possibilities and establishing a solid foundation of skills, training, and experience.
Wingspan serves in-school youth (ages 14–21) & out-of-school young adults (ages 16–24) living in Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba counties. Partnering with school districts, colleges, and employers, we identify high-demand occupations in the region to develop curriculum and target training.

Student Occupational Awareness & Recognition

The goal of the Student Occupational Awareness and Recognition Program (SOAR) is to expose, educate, and engage students in career development and career decision-making. The program provides career services to students at public middle and high schools, grades six through twelve. Students receive in-depth education and direction on career choices as well as access to up-to-date labor market and career data. The SOAR Program offers many resources to help students to become workforce ready!

Classroom Workshops: The SOAR Program offers three primary workshops:

Resume Writing & Interview Skills—These Workshops will help prepare students to feel confident going into a job interview and to sell themselves as the best person for the job, and guide them in creating their own resume.

Labor Market Overviews—This workshop is an overview of high demand occupations with data and classroom activities related to the job growth, earnings, educational programs, demographics and more as related to careers.

Employability Skills—The Employability Skills workshop will help enable students identify the ways to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people, personal qualities such as a positive attitude, the ability to communicate, to think critically, to organize and plan, to work with a team, and more.

Other available resources include:

Job Readiness Credential—Students can earn a Job Readiness certification which is an employability skills certification recognized by the National Soft Skills Association. The web based platform can be accessed from any device and helps students to acquire the critical soft skills they need to achieve success. With soft skills such as a positive attitude, communication, critical thinking, teamwork and interpersonal skills, this system is a must for building success skills for school, the workplace, and life in general.

Student One-on-Ones—The words career, job, and occupation are often used interchangeably. The SOAR Program helps students identify career pathways and the education that is needed to accomplish their goals through one on one discussions. The SOAR Outreach Specialist will make themselves available to students during lunch periods to have informal discussions about careers and the paths that students should take to achieve their goals.

Student Career Assessment and Interest Profiler—Your SOAR Specialist can help your students find out what their interests are and how they relate to the world of work. Students will also be able to determine what they like to do. The program helps students decide what kind of pathway they might want to pursue.

Career Fairs/Industry Tours—In partnership with the Central Texas Regional P20 Council and area employers, the SOAR program can plan and facilitate events that allow students to interact with major employers to understand job opportunities and the available careers in Central Texas.

For more information on the how your school district can participate, please contact:

Charley Ayres,
Director Industry/Education Partnerships
charley.ayres@workforcesolutionsctx.com
254.742.4520

Taking Flight

Taking Flight is targeted at students and young adults (16–24) and provides support for them to achieve the education, skills, and experience needed to accomplish their goals and bring it all together with a good job to start a career or earn money while they work toward a degree/certification. Taking Flight is a no-cost employment program designed to give youth and young adults the support and/or skills training they need to find a job. Specifically, Taking Flight can provide:

 

  • Job search assistance
  • Child care assistance while in training
  • Transportation assistance
  • Interview clothing and uniforms
  • Tools needed for your new job
  • Funding for basic skills and occupational training

    The program is a competency-based work experience that includes work-readiness workshops, and training components that focus on workplace expectations, leadership skills, and financial management. On-site work experience with employers is a major part of the program. If you are an employer and you are interested in supporting this program complete the Worksite Agreement and contact our Wingspan Specialist, Caithryn Grace at 254.200.2207 or at caithryn.grace@workforcesolutionsctx.com. Participants work with staff to complete resumes and learn job-search skills. They can receive cash incentives when employment is confirmed. Services include monthly follow-ups with participants to monitor progress, provide employment referrals, and arrange further assistance if needed.

    Documents Needed to Apply:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Picture ID
  • Transcript/Diploma/GED
  • Proof of income for the past 6 months

    Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a citizen or non-citizen authorized to work in the United States
  • Meet Military Selective Service registration requirements
  • Meet income level requirements

Career Guidance

Planning for a career can feel overwhelming. The more you know about your skills and preferences, the more prepared you are to search for jobs that are a good fit, write resumes, interview with employers, and find the career that best suits you. 

Workforce specialists will help you learn about occupations available in Central Texas that fit your unique career preferences, skills, interests, and values. We provide current labor market information to give you the opportunity to research in-demand occupations, salaries, career options, required education, and training/skills levels.

Additional Career Guidance Resources

Texas Internship Challenge

The Texas Internship Challenge is a recommendation from the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to the Governor’s Office, as part of the Tri-Agency Initiative, challenging industry and employer partners to offer more paid internships for Texas students.

Summer Earn And Learn Program

The Summer Earn & Learn program provides students with disabilities work readiness training and paid work experience in Texas. The program is a partnership between TWC, Local Workforce Development Boards and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS). Students can earn money at a part-time summer job while receiving work skills training!

Contact Our Student Hireability Navigator

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