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New Front Line Child Care Availability Portal Launched

New Frontline Child Care Availability Portal

Visit http://frontlinechildcare.texas.gov/ to find and apply for child care.

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Many Texans working in sectors critical in the battle against COVID-19 are looking for child care. A new Frontline Child Care Availability Portal can be accessed at find.frontlinechildcare.texas.gov. 

This website allows parents to search for available child care near their home or work, and it will display a map of licensed child care centers, licensed homes, and registered homes. It will show each facility’s operating hours, along with the number of open seats for each age group at the facility. After searching, families will need to contact the child care facility directly to enroll their child.

COVID Essential Workers will include those who work:

· In health care and pharmacies

· As first responders

· In “critical” local and state government functions

· In mail/delivery services

· In nursing homes and for child care, home health care and other direct care providers

· At grocery stores

· At gas stations

· At banks

· At restaurants (with drive-through and delivery)

· As military personnel; and

· Any other worker deemed essential by the commission or the Central Texas Workforce Development Board

Visit find.frontlinechildcare.texas.gov to find and apply for child care.

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COVID-19 Information Update – Child Care Services

COVID-19 Updates Child Care Services

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Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Child Care Services is committed to providing you the best service possible during
this public health situation. As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Child Care Services began teleworking. We are currently assisting customers via email and phone. We know you may have questions regarding your Child Care Services and other Workforce Services we offer. Please however, be advised of the following changes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Information Update – Layoffs and Unemployment

Important Information for our Customers Concerning Layoffs and Unemployment

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Below, you will find some important documents for employers and job seekers who have been affected by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. If you are an employer notifying us of a layoff, please click HERE to contact a Business Services representative.

 

 Thank you for your patience as we continue to provide services during this unique challinging time.

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Board Members Contact Info

Central Texas WDB Board Member Contact Information

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Workforce Solutions of Central Texas is led by a board of directors comprised of community leaders from local businesses, educational institutions, labor groups, economic development corporations, community-based organizations, and government entities. 

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Grant Sends Teachers to Work

Workforce Solutions Grant Sends Teachers to Work

Becoming a Certified Training Provider

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Belton – On June 25, 2019 Teachers from across Central Texas will be reporting to work but not in their classroom. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded Workforce Solutions of Central Texas the Externship for Teachers Grant in the amount of $41, 478.

The grant will provide 25 middle school and high school teachers from Central Texas with externship opportunities with local industry. Teachers will have the opportunity to gain insight from a different work environment that they can then incorporate into a lesson plan to share with students in the classroom.

 

Through the externship program, educators will be given an opportunity to shadow business and its operations for 3 days, followed by a curriculum planning day with other externship participants. Insights learned – on the job – will be incorporated into the teacher’s curriculum to provide students a better advantage in preparing for careers.

 

“The Externship Program gives local educators an opportunity to experience the “world of work” that they are preparing students for,” says Charley Ayres, Director, Industry/Education Partnerships at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. “It is an opportunity that provides educators with a real-world experience to help them understand the skills that students will need and creates an opportunity for the businesses to have input on the needs of their future workforce”.

Participating companies include:

  • AdventHealth Central Texas
  • Baylor Scott & White Healthcare
  • iZone Imaging
  • KCEN Television
  • Materials Transportation Company
  • McLane Technologies
  • PDI Software
  • Panel Specialists Incorporated
  • Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
  • Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
  • TRU Manufacturing

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas partners with local school districts within Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills and San Saba counties to ensure students have the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. The Summer Externship for Teachers Program is administered by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, under the Texas Workforce Commission, with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 

Through the externship program, educators will be given an opportunity to shadow business and its operations for 3 days, followed by a curriculum planning day with other externship participants. Insights learned – on the job – will be incorporated into the teacher’s curriculum to provide students a better advantage in preparing for careers.

 

“The Externship Program gives local educators an opportunity to experience the “world of work” that they are preparing students for,” says Charley Ayres, Director, Industry/Education Partnerships at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. “It is an opportunity that provides educators with a real-world experience to help them understand the skills that students will need and creates an opportunity for the businesses to have input on the needs of their future workforce”.

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Board Awarded Funding for Career Outreach Pilot Program

WDB Awarded Funding for Career Outreach Pilot Program

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Awarded Funding for the SOAR Program
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Belton ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has recently awarded $790,010 in funding to the Central Texas Workforce Board for a new Workforce Career and Education Outreach Specialist Pilot Program.

The SOAR (Student Occupational Awareness and Recognition) program will provide career services to students at public middle and high schools, grades six through twelve, to direct students towards High Growth High Demand Occupations. Students will receive in-depth education and direction on career choices as well as access to the up-to-date labor market and career data.

 

“With this pilot program, the Texas Workforce Commission is actively working to ensure the next generation of Texans are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel. “This program is essential to providing Texas students with the necessary information required to make informed career choices.”

 

This program will support the achievement of Texas’ goals outlined in the November 2016 Tri-Agency Report. The funding establishes at least four full-time Workforce Specialists to travel within designated independent school districts in Central Texas to deliver career guidance and workforce information to students, including underrepresented populations such as youth in foster care. The program will use TWC resources to organize training workshops, expose students to a variety of career pathways and coordinate with local and state services to provide pre-apprenticeship opportunities.

 

“Most of our future job growth will be in middle-skill occupations, yet many students and parents are largely unaware of these jobs and the education required to attain them. This pilot program provides early guidance to future generations of our workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Through this funding, the TWC ensures that every student in Central Texas has a viable career path after graduation.”

 

“By supporting our local workforce boards, this program ensures Texas remains a competitive place for businesses,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Through this funding, we are investing early in our future talent-pipeline and helping build a workforce that will continue to strengthen our Central Texas employers.”

 

Program participants will provide support to over 5 different independent school districts engaging approximately 13,000 students in its inaugural year. For more information on how the program can benefit your school district contact: Charley Ayres, Director, Industry/Education Partnerships at charleya@workforcelink.com.

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Local Industry Provides Equipment to Prepare Students for Careers.

Local Industry Provides Equipment to Prepare Students for Careers

The Texas Industry Partnership is a $1M program that allows the local workforce board to apply for funds, matched by local industry partners, on behalf of workforce-related projects.

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Temple ⎯ Panel Specialist Incorporated and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas have partnered to provide new advanced manufacturing equipment for the Temple Independent School District.

The program is part of the Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) initiative and will help to purchase equipment that addresses the training needs of the designated industry cluster of Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing. “When an industry gets involved with our educational institutions we see a real impact on students being career ready”, said Charley Ayres, Director of Industry/Education Partnerships for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas.

 

The grant includes the purchase of the computer numerical control (CNC) machining tool and computer-aided design (CAD) software. The equipment purchased is made possible using a $15,000 TIP grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and leveraged matching funds of $15,000 from Panel Specialist Incorporated. The grant will benefit students in the Career and Technical Education Program.

“The partnership between Panel Specialists Incorporated and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas on this Texas Industry Partnership grant will benefit the students of Temple ISD and help develop a workforce pipeline for the community’s industries,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “We continue to implement strategies that help young Texans be workplace ready”.

 

“Panel Specialists is committed to helping young people prepare for careers and become skilled workers. It is not just critical to the growth of our community it is critical to the economic health of our communities. Collaboration is key to economic growth, and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and Panel Specialists Inc. are demonstrating how pooling resources can positively affect employment readiness,” said State Rep. Hugh Shine.

 

A check presentation ceremony occurred at the Temple ISD Administration Building, 401 Santa Fe Way on August 27, 10:30 am.

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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