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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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Target Occupations 2019-2020

Target Occupations 2019-2020

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Workforce Solutions of Central Texas regularly analyzes the regional labor market, looking for industry and occupational trends. Based on this analysis, we have identified a list of Targeted Occupations.

This lists is used to guide the investment of workforce program funds for training.

Targeted Occupations are in demand or emerging in the local economy, are experiencing growth, and provide opportunities for high-skill, high-wage jobs.

For more information or to share your feedback, email us at CharleyA@workforcelink.com.

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Central Texas Workforce Board Strategic Plan

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The Central Texas Workforce Board is accountable for leading and governing the workforce system in our 7-county region. The Board engages in a strategic planning process to establish a set of guidelines that set the direction and focus for workforce activities in the region and optimize the use of available resources to reach Board-established results.

The Board’s strategic plan for the Program Years 2017 to 2020 sets forth the goals and strategies that will serve as the roadmap to guide program operations toward achievement of our mission.

 

The Central Texas Workforce Board is committed to its Strategic Plan and to revisiting this plan regularly to ensure it is best serving the needs of the community. Every major decision, every program and every project is examined for its alignment with the Board’s vision.

 

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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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