Guiding Young People in Career Exploration and Preparedness.
Workforce Solutions of Central Texas’ Youth Program, Wingspan, 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 is the WIOA Youth Program administered by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas serving in-school (age 14-21) and out-of-school (age 16 to 24) youth and young adults 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.
Taking Flight Youth Employment Program
The “Taking Flight” program provides you with support and services beginning with career exploration, learning about various occupations and their “fit” with your unique skills and interests to establish career goals.
We provide support for you to achieve the education, skills, and experience needed to accomplish your goals and bring it all together with a good job to start your career or earn money while you work toward your degree/certification.
– Birth Certificate
– Social Security Card
– Picture ID
– Proof of income for the past 6 months
– Meet Military Selective Service registration requirements
– Meet income level requirements
Skills to Pay the Bills
“Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success,” is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.
The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas:
The activities in this section will not only help participants practice and recognize how they provide information to others but also help them consider how others may prefer to receive information. It is important to reinforce with participants that communication skills involve give and take — and they can, indeed, be learned and strengthened over time.
The activities in this section seek to teach participants about the importance of enthusiasm and a positive attitude in the workplace. Participants will hear strategies for turning negative thinking into positive thinking and displaying and discussing enthusiasm during an interview and on the job.
The activities in this section seek to teach participants about the importance of teamwork to workplace success and the specific role each individual on a team may play. Participants will learn about positive teamwork behavior and discover how their own conduct can impact others on a team.
The activities in this section focus on the process of networking and its relevance and importance to career development. Participants will learn about taking initiative and overcoming fear, informational interviewing, as well as potential guidelines to consider when using social networks, texting, and email for networking purposes.
The activities in this section focus on learning how to solve problems in a variety of ways in the workplace. Participants will hear about how to properly tell the difference among criticism, praise, and feedback and reacting appropriately. The section will also review strategies for making ethical decisions, solving problems on a team with others, and learning how to take into account others’ perceptions when assessing actions or statements in the workplace.
The activities in this section focus on each of the five individual soft skills presented in this publication (communication, enthusiasm/attitude, teamwork, networking, and problem-solving/critical thinking), but in a broader framework. This is because professionalism is not one skill but the blending and integration of a variety of skills.
Ready for a summer job?
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!
Money Smart – A Financial Education Program
The FDIC’s Money Smart financial education program was designed to help people enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. First released in 2001 and regularly updated since then, Money Smart has a long track record of success.
Planning for a new, different, or better 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, present yourself to potential employers in interviews, and find the career that best suits you.
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It is important to research careers that match your interests, skills, values, and talents. As you explore, you will begin to identify which occupations are most appealing to you.
Focus your efforts on gathering more detailed information about these specific jobs to narrow down your options for potential career paths. You may discover jobs that you have not considered or even knew existed.
After you narrow down the occupation options that are most appealing to you, it is time to decide which occupation is the best fit for you based on what you now know about yourself and the occupations you’ve researched.
-Do you have the education, training, credentials, and experience that are required?
If the answer is No, what do you need to obtain? Determine what you are missing, then make a plan to address and fill in the gaps.
Now make sure you are prepared for the job search!
-What are the most effective ways to search for a job?
Our Career Centers are located around the region offering experienced staff to help you identify a career path and provide tools, like workshops and assessments, to market your skills, experience, and education to potential employers all at no cost to you.
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Career Outreach Program
Workforce Solutions of Central Texas partners with school districts across the region through the Student Occupational Awareness and Recognition Program (SOAR). Utilizing TWC resources, we organize training workshops, expose students to a variety of career pathways, and provide pre-apprenticeship opportunities.
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Preparing for the Interview
This three-part workshop will help prepare students to feel confident going into an interview and to sell themselves as the best person for the job. It culminates with students participating in mock interviews.
Soft Skills/Marketable Skills
This two-part workshop will give specifics to help students increase their chances of having success in a new job. The SOAR Specialist will overview “getting off on the right foot” with a new employer and “how to get along in the workplace”.
Learn about the Central Texas economy and workforce. Use tools to target career development, explore the industry and economic trends, and research and track emerging and evolving occupations in Texas.
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 many activities.
Events that allow students to interact with major employers to understand job opportunities and available careers in Central Texas.
The SOAR Team can facilitate a visit to a major employer in the region to help students to experience the world of work and the industries in their region.
The Workplace Readiness Assessment bridges the Gap between hard and soft skills by fostering important skills such as planning, attitude, and social skills. This assessment requires a referral from a teacher or counselor.
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