Work Based Learning


How Can We Make Youth Apprenticeship A Winning Proposition? Look To Youth Sports

What if your child could learn to code on a Little League IT team the way future Major Leaguers learn to hit, catch, and throw on Little League baseball teams? That’s an idea Terrence Robinson of Success Pathways Alliance would embrace. He recently wrote a blog for JFF that challenges the traditional thinking about how we introduce children to careers.


JFF 5 Steps to Identifying Occupations for Apprenticeship

This self-paced, online training course walks you through how to identify occupations that are a good fit for youth apprenticeship based on a five-step occupational selection approach.


How Workforce Development Boards and Apprenticeship Programs Help Close America’s Skills Gap

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week November 11- 17, the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) released an op-ed on how apprenticeships are critically important in closing America’s skills gap.


Working To Learn And Learning To Work: A State-By-State Analysis Of High School Work-Based Learning Policies

This report from American Student Assistance, is a state-by-state analysis of high school work-based learning policies.


Growing Equity and Diversity Through Apprenticeships: Business Perspectives

As apprenticeships become an increasingly popular subject in Washington, Jobs for the Future released a report on “Growing Equity and Diversity Through Apprenticeships: Business Perspectives”. Included in the report are strategies from leading companies about how to advance equity in their companies and apprenticeship models.


A Quick-Start Toolkit; Building Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Resource from the US Department of Labor to introduce you to apprenticeship and its benefits for employers, workers, and the workforce system.


Partnering Up – How industry partnerships can bring work-based learning to scale

This report from the National Skills Coalition outlines the importance of local, industry-driven partnerships between workforce, education, and human services systems and stakeholders to scale work-based learning strategies like apprenticeship.


Counting Registered Apprenticeship Completions

Earlier this month, the Workforce Data Quality Campaign released a paper detailing how some states are counting people who have completed apprenticeships as part of their postsecondary attainment goals.


Broadening the apprenticeship pipeline: Pre-employment training and affordable childcare are key to access and retention in work-based learning programs

Brief from the National Skills Coalition addresses how supports like child care and pre-apprenticeship training can be the on-ramp to successful apprenticeships and work-based learning programs.


A Guide to Apprenticeship in Texas

This report from the Texas Workforce Investment Council provides an overview of registered apprenticeship in the state and explains how apprenticeship programs can be used to close the skills gap in Texas. The alignment of middle-skill STEM occupations with apprenticeable occupations demonstrates that apprenticeship is a strong workforce strategy to meet the middle-skill need in the Texas labor market.


Earn and Learn: A Review of a Proposal to Expand Apprenticeships in High-Growth Industries

This study examines the apprenticeship grant program proposed by the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, a bill to reform and reauthorize the Higher Education Act.


Apprenticeship Texas

Texas Workforce Commission presentation on how to establish a registered apprenticeship program in Texas.

Making Work-Based Learning Work for Businesses

Publication of the Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships. This brief outlines the value of work-based learning, and recommends important policy changes to support businesses interested in launching or expanding these strategies in their own place of work.

20

Oct2021
The Senate Appropriations Committee released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which funds education and workforce development programs, including Perkins. Read more.

15

Oct2021
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reported a more than 6% decline in students enrolling in higher education straight out of high school. Read more.

09

Oct2021
U.S. employers added just 194,000 jobs in September, a second straight tepid gain and evidence that the pandemic has kept its grip on the economy, with many companies struggling to fill millions of open jobs. Read more.

09

Oct2021
Allocating those dollars, which the state received under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, was among the items on Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session agenda for the Legislature’s third overtime round of the year. Read more.

08

Oct2021
Since 2008, the number of Texas students learning English as a second language who take longer than five years to become proficient is growing. Read more.

05

Oct2021
“This is the largest problem facing the state of Texas — the problem of making sure that our citizenry is educated to take advantage of the opportunities" generated by the economy in the future, said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, speaking Monday at a Texas Association of Business ... Read More

30

Sep2021
There are four big things happening at once, which is what makes this so complicated and consequential. Read more.

22

Sep2021
Subsidized Child Care Program Expanded with Emphasis on Industries Hit Hardest by the Pandemic. Read more.

17

Sep2021
State adds 39,300 jobs over the month. Read more.

17

Sep2021
Small businesses say they can’t answer an increase in demand without an increase in workers. Read more.

14

Sep2021
Getting more people back into the workforce probably means revamping the hiring process from a focus on what applicants lack or algorithm-based decisions, and more toward the value, talent and transferable skills applicants can bring to a company. Read more.

09

Sep2021
The law goes into effect immediately. Read more.

01

Sep2021
Vaccinations can help people return to the workforce. Read more.

30

Aug2021
So far the state has paid to hire more than 8,000 contract health care workers as hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Texas approach the record set last winter. Read more.

30

Aug2021
A group of 118 businesses–led by Business Leaders United in coordination with Autodesk and Workday – sent a letter to Congress today asking it to support investments in workforce and skills as part of any recovery legislation. Read more.

28

Aug2021
The bill, which would provide funding through September 2023, will head back to the Senate before reaching Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. Read more.

27

Aug2021
In nearly three-quarters of jobs created from 2007 to 2016, employers typically required bachelor’s degrees—but fewer than 4 in 10 American workers have that credential. “Our post-pandemic skilled-worker shortage is a wake-up call,” says Byron Auguste of Opportunity@Work in a Washington Post opinion piece. Read more.... Read More

26

Aug2021
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will stop paying Extended Benefits (EB) as of the week ending September 11, 2021. Read more.

26

Aug2021
The resolution is significant because it officially starts the reconciliation process, paving way for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan to be passed by a simple majority. The Senate already adopted the budget resolution on a party-line vote earlier this month. Read more.

25

Aug2021
The Economist: Diversity
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Clearly, future prosperity critically depends on ensuring that excellent public schools, affordable post-secondary training, and opportunities for success are readily available to these young Texans. Read more.

24

Aug2021
An economic development incentive popular with energy firms in Texas is slated to expire at the end of 2022, prompting fears the state could start losing out on large-scale manufacturing projects. Read more.

20

Aug2021
State adds 80,900 jobs over the month. Read more.

18

Aug2021
This strong growth in the number of young people positions the state well for future economic expansion opportunities as long as sufficient attention and resources are directed toward ensuring top-quality education from public schools and beyond through higher education and technical training. Read more.

29

Jul2021
On July 28, a bipartisan group of Senators unveiled the final details of the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework” (BIF) to invest in the nation’s physical infrastructure (e.g. roads, bridges, waterways, broadband, etc.). Read more.

27

Jul2021
States that scaled back unemployment aid have seen a decline in teen employment and an increase in workers over 25, early evidence finds. Read more.

26

Jul2021
Restaurant industry leaders are lobbying for a second round of the program, “because this pandemic is not over,” says one restaurant owner. Read more.

26

Jul2021
This funding will be used to develop new registered apprenticeship programs, assist employers to explore and implement the registered apprenticeship training model, and grow existing programs that will build career pathways for any individual seeking to develop a viable career and training starting from entry level through middle ... Read More

22

Jul2021
The White House released a fact sheet on the Build Back Better plan that details workforce and skills development opportunities. Read more.

22

Jul2021
Historic investment from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan represents the largest economic development initiative in decades. Communities across the country will be able to apply for funding immediately. Read more.

18

Jul2021
Employers would eagerly hire more entry-level workers from abroad, along with scientists and engineers. The newcomers have been lifting Texas’ economy for decades. Read more.

16

Jul2021
State adds 55,800 jobs over the month. Read more.

15

Jul2021
During the hearing, Secretary Walsh and several senators on the committee highlighted the importance of apprenticeships, as well as the need to improve access to them. Read more.

08

Jul2021
Due to technological advances in the workplace, employment demand has dramatically increased for individuals with middle skills, defined as workers with some education beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. Read more.

06

Jul2021
Abbott already planned to call a special session later in the year for the Legislature to do its decennial redrawing of Texas political maps. Read more.

30

Jun2021
Most of the money will be used to help Texas colleges and universities expand or add new programs in areas with employment shortages and provide additional aid to students. Read more.

29

Jun2021
The drop was more significant in districts that had most of their instruction online, compared to districts with more in-person classes. Read more.

28

Jun2021
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is introducing “Start My VR” an online self-referral portal for prospective vocational rehabilitation customers, providing a convenient way for individuals with disabilities who are seeking employment to inquire about Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services and/or be connected to a VR staff member. Read ... Read More

25

Jun2021
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded two individual grants: a $145,400 High Demand Job Training (HDJT) grant to Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas in collaboration with the Development Corporation of Baird, Community Development Corporation of Baird and Baird ISD; and a $37,500 Texas Industry Partnership grant ... Read More

23

Jun2021
We’re not there yet, but we can see it from here. Read more.

20

Jun2021
Dallas-Fort Worth has won the most cash awards from the Texas Enterprise Fund, which claims to have helped attract over 100,000 jobs statewide. Read more.

18

Jun2021
State adds 34,400 jobs over the month. Read more.

15

Jun2021
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) used legislative authority to set unemployment insurance (UI) tax rates for 2021 at a stable level, consistent with 2020 rates, to avoid burdening Texas businesses with a significant increase of taxes resulting from pandemic-related closures outside of their control. Read more.... Read More

11

Jun2021
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas was among six organizations to receive the Texas Economic Development Council's 2021 Workforce Excellence Award. Greater Dallas was recognized for its "Retail Pays" initiative that is providing career pathways for entry and midlevel retail workers. The project will help current workers and new workers ... Read More

11

Jun2021
Leaders across two- and four-year schools also say they’re hoping to squeeze out some additional support for higher education in the expected special session later this year. Read more.

10

Jun2021
The $250,000 grant will fund a collaborative effort to build a regional model that centers on core competencies identified by industry leaders and offers equitable access, accelerates learning and promotes entry into economically stable employment. Read more.

01

Jun2021
Project offers free training for licensing and certification. Read more.

28

May2021
The budget proposal includes full details of the Administration’s priorities for both mandatory and discretionary spending, including spending details for both his American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan that were previously released. Read more.

28

May2021
Abbott has the power to veto individual line items he objects to. Read more.

27

May2021
Federal guidance prevented Texas officials from limiting schools’ use of federal funds. Read more.

26

May2021
With COVID-19 cases continuing to fall and vaccination rates rising, things are beginning to feel a bit more normal. Read more.

21

May2021
Abbott already planned to call a special session later in the year for the Legislature to do its decennial redrawing of Texas political maps. Read more.

21

May2021
State adds 13,000 jobs over the month. Read more.

20

May2021
Training will assist restaurant owners and operators in adapting to customers’ new expectations. Read more.

20

May2021
Rep. Jim Murphy said lawmakers selected projects that would address the state’s nursing and medical professional shortages as the COVID-19 pandemic reiterated additional need for skilled workers. Read more.

19

May2021
The solutions will ultimately involve investments in education and training, more affordable and available childcare, sensible immigration reform, and other notable initiatives. Read more.

17

May2021
Texas joins 20 other Republican-led states in rescinding the added pay in hopes of forcing workers back into jobs. Read more.

16

May2021
Millions of dollars are flowing into job training in Texas, and one tech graduate says, ‘I’m livin’ my dream.’ Read more.

11

May2021
The federal government also announced that undocumented and international students can now receive those emergency funds, too, rolling back a Trump administration rule that allowed schools to distribute grants only to students who qualified for federal financial aid. Read more.

10

May2021
The federal government also announced that undocumented and international students can now receive those emergency funds, too, rolling back a Trump administration rule that allowed schools to distribute grants only to students who qualified for federal financial aid. Read more.

07

May2021
Chapter 313 economic development agreements attract jobs and investment to Texas, make money for the state and grow school districts’ tax bases. Read more.

05

May2021
These funds, which will be provided to all regulated child care providers, will assist them in addressing the increased operating expenses they have faced as a result of the pandemic. Read more.

29

Apr2021
State leaders announce partial release of federal funds. Read more.

27

Apr2021
In a matter of days, a declining unemployment rate that had lasted for years spiked into the double digits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Workforce Solutions quickly pivoted to a virtual space to assist all impacted members of our community—students, workers, parents, businesses and more—in a safe and ... Read More

24

Apr2021
Bicameral bill would tackle long-term unemployment crisis in the United States with a long-term solution. Read more.

24

Apr2021
Parallel, one of the largest privately-held multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, selected San Marcos, Texas as the location to establish its new $25 million cannabis cultivation, processing, manufacturing, and flagship goodblend™ Texas (formerly Surterra Texas) retail facility to meet the growing demand for medical cannabis across ... Read More

22

Apr2021
The Texas Legislature is working on a budget that spends around $250 billion. But it doesn't include billions in federal COVID-19 relief money or account for big changes that could rock the state's Medicaid programs. Read more.

21

Apr2021
The Perryman Group projects that over the 2020 to 2025 period, real gross product will expand from the current level of an estimated $18.4 trillion to $22.9 trillion, a 4.41% annual rate of growth. Read more.

20

Apr2021
As Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders continue to delay the arrival of billions in education stimulus funding for Texas schools, Texas Democrats in Congress asked the Department of Education to pressure the state to send federal funds to schools as quickly as possible. Read more.... Read More

20

Apr2021
Kvaal, who previously served as deputy under secretary of education under the Obama Administration and more recently the president of the Institute for College Access and Success, seemed to satisfy questioning from Members of Congress in both parties and is likely to advance to the full Senate when ... Read More

16

Apr2021
Unemployment Rate unchanged at 6.9 percent. Read more.

16

Apr2021
These grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions for South Texas, Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley and Workforce Solutions Cameron areas. Read more.

09

Apr2021
In Jasper, a city-sponsored nonprofit formed a broadband committee, composed of business leaders, policy makers, and educators, to develop a county-specific broadband plan. At the state level, the Texas Senate passed a bill in late March that would require the formation of a statewide broadband development plan by ... Read More

08

Apr2021
TTUHSC will expand its traditional BSN program to the area, providing a resource for new nurses critical to the operation of hospitals and clinics. Read more.

02

Apr2021
New program promotes disability inclusion and will present decal to employers with a workforce comprised of 10 percent persons with disabilities. Read more.

31

Mar2021
The fact sheet released today by the White House includes some key planks that NSC and our networks called for in our Skills for Inclusive Economic Recovery Federal Policy Agenda in September and in follow-up advocacy with the Biden Administration and Congress. Read more.

29

Mar2021
Read the latest from National Skills Coalition's Director of Government Affairs, Katie Spiker, about what we need to see from Congress and the White House to put America's workers back into the jobs that will fuel the recovery. Read more.

27

Mar2021
Seasonally adjusted rate rises 0.1 percentage points. Read more.

26

Mar2021
At summer camps throughout the state, students will get hands-on experiences that allow them to learn problem solving and analytical skills while fostering an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers with a focus on computer science. Read more.

25

Mar2021
Some industries have struggled to survive, particularly those hit hardest by lockdowns and bans, but the worst seems to be behind us. Read more.

24

Mar2021
With its 68-29 vote, the Senate made Walsh the first former union leader to run the Labor Department in more than 40 years, putting him in charge of the agency amid historic levels of unemployment and an uneven recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

20

Mar2021
Earlier this week, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students Act of 2021, or the JOBS Act, to expand federal Pell Grant eligibility to high-quality, short-term job training programs. ... Read More

18

Mar2021
Jobs in restaurants, hotels, retail and construction will be hit hardest, the BLS projects, while demand will soar for tech and science workers. Read more.

16

Mar2021
These summer initiatives provide career guidance, hands-on learning and work opportunities to students with disabilities aged 14-22. Read more.

13

Mar2021
Texas lawmakers expected to be sweating over a very tight budget right now, after strong early signs that the pandemic would stall the economy. But an improved economy and a huge infusion of federal aid is erasing those fears. Read more.

11

Mar2021
Investing these federal dollars to expand access to quality, affordable child care will positively impact our workforce, businesses and Texas families for years to come. Read more.

05

Mar2021
School districts must keep or increase the rate of students learning in person in order to avoid losing funds, Gov. Greg Abbott and education officials announced Thursday. Read more.

01

Mar2021
The West Central Texas Workforce Development Board will serve as the grant recipient and provide full-time support for the BCMA for this initiative to to address workforce and education challenges. Read more.

26

Feb2021
The Perryman Group utilized its impact assessment model and current property damage estimates to measure the total economic cost of the storm when multiplier effects are considered based on the preliminary data currently available from the insurance industry and weather services and experiences from other weather events. ... Read More

24

Feb2021
Disaster Unemployment Assistance available for workers who apply by March 26, 2021. Read more.

23

Feb2021
The Perryman Group estimates that as the direct losses flow through the economy in the coming years, the 500,000 fatalities will cause losses of $356 billion in gross domestic product, nearly $218 billion in personal income, and 3.6 million job-years (including multiplier effects). Read more.

23

Feb2021
Over 700 Texas middle and high school students will present their outstanding projects virtually as part of the 2021 Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF). Read more.

18

Feb2021
Department will relaunch Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. Read more.

18

Feb2021
The United States needs to invest more in retraining workers, economists warn. Read more.

15

Feb2021
School districts say they need flexibility to address learning loss caused by the pandemic. Read more.

14

Feb2021
Texas isn’t just an oil and gas state these days. And Stephen Mihm, an opinion writer for Bloomberg, has noticed. Read more.

10

Feb2021
The National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 will provide an influx of funding to modernize apprenticeship and create opportunities for millions of Americans. Read more.

09

Feb2021
Collaborative effort connects key workforce stakeholders to identify leading workforce strategies. Read more.

03

Feb2021
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Aaron Demerson to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire February 1, 2027. Read more.

03

Feb2021
The Texas Opportunity Coalition includes chambers of commerce, other economic development groups and institutions of higher learning. Read more.

29

Jan2021
The Relaunching America’s Workforce Act authorizes funding to provide essential career services and help workers attain additional skills and credentials as the economy emerges from its deepest decline since the Great Depression. Read more.

28

Jan2021
The bipartisan National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 (H.R. 447) would amend the existing national apprenticeship program to include both pre-apprenticeships and youth apprenticeships, while also defining guidelines for registered apprenticeship programs. Read more.

28

Jan2021
To combat food insecurity during the pandemic, the new president is increasing assistance for families receiving help to make up for free and reduced-cost school lunches. He also wants to increase food stamp benefits. Read more.

23

Jan2021
Texas Adds 67,600 Private Sector Positions Over the Month. Read more.

22

Jan2021
The Better Employment and Training Strategies Taskforce – a group of nearly 30 workforce experts – is calling on the Biden administration to “build back better” by investing in workers and the workforce institutions that ensure workers are prepared for and connected to good jobs. Read more.... Read More

20

Jan2021
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) authorized an additional $81.5 million in federal CARES Act funding to extend the 25 percent enhanced reimbursement rate for child care providers in Texas through July 2021. Read more.

16

Jan2021
A school finance bill in 2019 boosted funding for districts, but the pandemic has since added layers of financial uncertainty. Read more.

15

Jan2021
President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday will unveil a $1.9 trillion package to provide economic relief to Americans and businesses and help fund an ambitious coronavirus vaccine program with the goal of reaching 100 million doses by the end of his first 100 days in office. Read more.... Read More

14

Jan2021
Streamlined Jobs Website Provides Quick Access to More Than 500,000 job postings. Read more.

13

Jan2021
This is a tremendous barrier to health care access, as well as to education. Read more.

12

Jan2021
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) today, showing the state is projected to have $112.5 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the 2022-23 biennium. Read more.

10

Jan2021
n considering whether to expand the demand for care, Texas policymakers may wish to consider how to expand the supply of care. This can mean increasing the number of doctors, nurses, hospital beds, pills, lab tests and machines; or, it can mean finding ways to use current resources ... Read More

09

Jan2021
Economists often warn against reading too much into a single month, but December's job losses capped off an already awful year for working women — particularly women of color. Read more.

07

Jan2021
Perryman: Looking Ahead
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by GVaughn / / News
One key issue for 2021 is the millions who are unemployed. While employment has rebounded substantially from the bottom in April 2020, a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels will take a couple of years. Read more.

07

Jan2021
The 53-year-old mayor has served in his current role since 2014 and before that was a member of the Massachusetts state house since 1997. Biden and Walsh have had a longstanding relationship and the former vice president presided over Walsh's second inauguration in 2018. Read more.... Read More

06

Jan2021
That’s a principal reason more and more information about job opportunities and salaries is being made available to students and their families, most recently by the federal government, which this month expanded a feature of its College Scorecard website showing the earnings payoffs of 37,459 majors at 4,434 ... Read More

29

Dec2020
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

28

Dec2020
Workforce Solutions Capital Area developed this communications tool for its WorkNOW initiative which utilizes earned media, radio, email, digital media, and video to help Travis County residents rapidly link to a diverse range of fast-track, no-cost training programs. Read more.

28

Dec2020
After she started participating in the ABC13's virtual job fair, Kendra Isom got in touch with Workforce Solutions. Three weeks later, she received multiple job offers. Read more.

28

Dec2020
On a 359-53 vote in the House and 92-6 in the Senate, Congress passed a $900 billion COVID-relief package and $1.4 trillion government funding package that gives critical pandemic aid to Americans, while securing federal agency operations through September 2021. Read more.

24

Dec2020
The Biden administration has named Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s education commissioner, as the U.S. Secretary of Education nominee. Read more.

24

Dec2020
As people start to ponder how they can improve their lives post 2020 and in our, eventually, pandemic-free world, these reskilling and upskilling programs look like they could be useful and even life-changing opportunities. Read more.

23

Dec2020
The Restaurant Recovery Initiative provides for a series of videos that will share best practices to assist employers in adapting jobs to remote and contactless operations and in taking advantage of new service delivery trends. Read more.

21

Dec2020
The Youth Program of the Year Award recognizes significant contributions in developing youth workforce development programs. Read more.

19

Dec2020
El Paso Community College (EPCC) announced Friday that they will be awarded $1,500,000 through the Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is awarding $18.1 million to 49 Texas higher education institutions as part of the first round of the program. ... Read More

19

Dec2020
Texas Adds 61,000 Nonfarm Positions Over the Month. Read more.

17

Dec2020
Funding includes Restaurant Recovery Provision to Assist Those Businesses in Opening Safely. Read more.

15

Dec2020
In addition to enhancing the health and wellbeing of individuals directly affected, expanding health insurance coverage involves substantial economic and fiscal benefits. Read more.

12

Dec2020
Chapter 313 is up for reauthorization in the upcoming state legislative session. The Partnership, along with businesses, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations across the state are working diligently with our elected officials to ensure that the program continues. Read more.

11

Dec2020
RAM Inc. was nominated by Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas and chosen as the Small Employer of the Year from among three exemplary finalists, out of 21 small employers nominated. Read more.

11

Dec2020
DHR Health was nominated by Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley and chosen as the Large Employer of the Year from among three exemplary finalists, out of 19 large private-sector employers nominated. Read more.

09

Dec2020
The funding is part of an agency effort to close the digital internet access divide in rural America. Read more.

07

Dec2020
COVID: Safety & Sanitation for Business teaches participants how to maintain a healthy and safe environment for employees and patrons. Read more.

04

Dec2020
With the viral pandemic accelerating across the country, America’s employers sharply scaled back their hiring last month, adding 245,000 jobs, the fewest since April and the fifth straight monthly slowdown. Read more.

02

Dec2020
Gift will be used for Education, Business and Job Skills Initiatives. Read more.

25

Nov2020
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

25

Nov2020
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas among workforce board pilot partners and regional organizations selected Future of Work Grand Challenge. Read more.

25

Nov2020
That’s why economic development strategies tops the list of priorities in support of high paying jobs in high-poverty areas and support for retraining displaced workers using a combination of community colleges, workforce boards and private employers. Read more.

21

Nov2020
A summer of delay and inconsistency from state political and education leaders left Texas schools little time to prepare for an academic year with millions of students learning from home. Now many of those kids are failing through no fault of their own. Read more.

20

Nov2020
Texas Adds 118,100 Nonfarm Positions Over the Month. Read more.

19

Nov2020
The Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, a joint endeavor among the Commissioners of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), today released its latest report to Gov. Greg Abbott. Read more.

19

Nov2020
The Texas flagship university is seeing an increase in low-income enrollment at a time when many higher education experts are worried that the most vulnerable students are putting their educations on hold. Read more.

19

Nov2020
The Economist: The Big One
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by GVaughn / / News
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) includes China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and 10 Southeast Asian economies. It’s the world's largest in terms of the amount of gross product covered, slightly above the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) according to most estimates. Read more.

19

Nov2020
This week, election officials certified the passage of three ballot measures that will help the nation’s seventh largest city provide cutting-edge job training, public transportation to their new jobs and quality pre-kindergarten programs for their kids. Read more.

19

Nov2020
The state will use $420 million in CARES Act funding to reimburse Texas school districts for laptops and mobile wifi hotspots they purchased to help students with remote learning, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. Read more.

18

Nov2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced today that S&B Engineers and Constructors, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and Amazon are the finalists for the 2020 Texas Workforce Solutions Large Employer of the Year Award. Computer Crusher Recycling Company, Hobbs Bonded Fibers and Research & Advanced Methods Industries are the ... Read More

16

Nov2020
It’s more apparent than ever that the people of the Permian Basin need to take bold action — especially in areas such as education and workforce, broadband access, and health care — to reclaim our past prosperity and extend it into the future. Read more.

14

Nov2020
As Tesla continues construction of its $1.1 billion Austin manufacturing facility, the automaker is taking steps to take advantage of the talent pool that helped draw it to Central Texas in the first place. Read more.

13

Nov2020
Program Will Increase Worker Training in High-Demand Field. Read more.

06

Nov2020
The state isn't showing that it is ensuring students with disabilities, especially those with dyslexia, are getting the extra help they need, federal education officials said, echoing findings from a 2018 investigation. Read more.

23

Oct2020
The above commentary was given by Pat Hobbs, executive director of Workforce Solutions Cameron at a celebration for the first anniversary of the San Benito Business & Economic Development Center. In his commentary, Hobbs referenced Julian Alvarez, a commissioner with the Texas Workforce Commission, and Rebeca Castillo, executive ... Read More

23

Oct2020
As the health crisis continues to rage across the country and more temporary job losses become permanent, a small but growing number of laid-off and working Americans in hard-hit industries like restaurants, retail and travel are switching to new careers or occupations. Read more.

23

Oct2020
Most schools hoped this fall would see students make up academic ground lost last spring when the pandemic hit. Instead, districts are looking for ways to reverse plummeting grades and attendance among students learning at home. Read more.

22

Oct2020
Like the nation, Texas is recovering. However, the failure by Congress to enact a new, large stimulus package is delaying and threatening to derail the comeback. Read more.

22

Oct2020
As the numbers of people infected and hospitalized by the coronavirus tick back up across the state, dozens of Texas school districts eliminated the option for remote learning and forced students, faculty and staff to return to the classroom, with few exceptions. Read more.

21

Oct2020
Only California has lost more construction employment since start of the pandemic. Read more.

21

Oct2020
The state program will help families pay for services like tutoring, therapy and digital resources. It is not a replacement for services students get through their school as part of their individualized education plan. Read more.

20

Oct2020
The U.S. oil industry may not fully recover from the COVID-19 economic downturn until 2022, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Read more.

19

Oct2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Texas Workforce Solutions for the 2020 Texas HireAbility campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and of creating inclusive workplaces. ... Read More

17

Oct2020
The pandemic has accelerated the future of work dramatically shifting the workplace and creating significant new skills requirements. Read more.

17

Oct2020
Texas Adds 40,700 Nonfarm Positions Over the Month. Read more.

16

Oct2020
The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC) has recognized Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Bryan Daniel as the recipient of their Appointed Official of the Year award for 2020. The award is given annually by TXAEYC to the elected or appointed official who has best ... Read More

08

Oct2020
“It is time to open them up,” Abbott said in a Facebook video announcing the move. “If we continue to contain COVID, then these openings, just like other businesses, should be able to expand in the near future.” Read more.

08

Oct2020
The guide to affordable tools and effective strategies for Central Texas businesses to boost the skills of employees, decrease turnover, and bolster competitiveness! Read more.

08

Oct2020
Workforce Solutions Capital Area has recognized five companies that have invested in their employees’ professional development for the inaugural Upskilling HEROES Awards. View Video.

02

Oct2020
Texas service sector activity this month grew at its fastest pace since February, with retailers posting a solid rebound. That’s the takeaway from the most recent report by the Federal Reserve of Dallas. Read more.

01

Oct2020
Area officials said that 2020 saw the graduation of the first class of the region’s Advanced Manufacturing Program. The program, which is one of several efforts to encourage manufacturing training, assists high school students in receiving dual credit courses toward future careers in industrial and manufacturing careers. ... Read More

30

Sep2020
Each student in Amarillo College’s most recent commercial driver’s license training class is participating in Workforce Solutions Panhandle’s Job Training Services Program. Read more.

30

Sep2020
This video shows off the many new features of Workforce Solutions Heart of Texas' new website. View video.

30

Sep2020
This video highlights several success stories in the Brazos Valley area where training programs were developed to provide jobs for individuals in the construction industry. View video.

30

Sep2020
On Monday, House Democrats introduced a new $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package as part of a last-minute attempt to find a bipartisan solution prior to both chambers leaving town until after the November 3 elections. Read more.

27

Sep2020
The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 (H.R. 8294) would amend the existing national apprenticeship program to include both pre-apprenticeships and youth apprenticeships, while also defining guidelines for registered apprenticeship programs. Read more.

26

Sep2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has been included in the initial list of 18 organizations recognized by the U.S Department of Labor (DOL) as Standards Recognition Entities (SREs) to oversee the development of high-quality Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). TWC is the only state-run workforce agency to be included ... Read More

25

Sep2020
In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge that will expand career opportunities for adult learners through pre-apprenticeship programs. These important educational opportunities help to ensure students seeking apprenticeships are prepared with the ... Read More

24

Sep2020
Texas Central plans to spend $20 billion in privately-raised money to build a new track from Houston to Dallas. Construction will employ thousands of people for years, and daily operations will employ hundreds more. Read more.

21

Sep2020
Innovating nurse training critical to address growing deficit in Texas. Read more.

18

Sep2020
Texas Adds 106,800 Nonfarm Positions Over the Month. Read more.

17

Sep2020
The Economist: Structure
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Keeping the structure in place means continuing to help individuals stay in their homes and have enough to eat, small businesses survive, and key industries remain viable. Read more.

12

Sep2020
A bipartisan group of 88 state lawmakers said in a letter that a statewide broadband plan is well overdue. Read more.

12

Sep2020
The Roscoe Collegiate System is a college- and career-readiness initiative within the Texas public education system. The P-20 model, beginning as early as pre-K, integrates STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), project-based learning, dual credit courses, internships and research in a concerted effort for postsecondary degrees. Read ... Read More

10

Sep2020
State agencies say the proposed cuts are a work in progress, as advocates and some legislators call for greater transparency. Read more.

08

Sep2020
The drive to replace humans with machinery is accelerating as companies struggle to avoid workplace infections of COVID-19 and to keep operating costs low. Read more.

02

Sep2020
September is National Workforce Development Month. Each fall, we take a moment to highlight and recognize the hard work done by workforce professionals and the tremendous impact made by the government workforce programs we support. Read more.

01

Sep2020
The City of San Antonio has partnered with Workforce Solutions Alamo, Alamo Colleges, Project Quest, and other workforce development agencies to offer free workforce training and education to San Antonio residents who have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the hardest hit industries of hospitality, food ... Read More

31

Aug2020
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

30

Aug2020
Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers a wide array of specialized job search and skills training programs for eligible citizens of Travis County. Read more.

30

Aug2020
The Workforce Solutions Alamo Board HireAbility Navigators recently developed and distributed a newsletter to share information and highlight resources that promote services for disabled students in the Alamo Area. Information in the newsletter links together Vocational Rehabilitation, Business, Education and other partners in the area. Read more.... Read More

30

Aug2020
The South Plains High Demand Job Training Partnership recently was recognized as a recipient of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) 2020 Workforce Excellence Award (WEA) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) W.O. Lawton Award. Read more.

30

Aug2020
A call between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Thursday did nothing to break the ongoing impasse over negotiations for a new coronavirus stimulus, leaving talks stalled as the pandemic continues to take a dire toll on public health and the ... Read More

27

Aug2020
The types of jobs and skills also will change as technicians and software developers replace roughnecks and roustabouts. Read more.

25

Aug2020
The Trump administration is only providing enough funding for payments that cover 3 weeks at a time, as hopes for additional congressional relief linger. Read more.

24

Aug2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) asks for employers to help to prevent unemployment benefit overpayments by reporting employees receiving wages through Paycheck Protection Program loans or who refused acceptable work to TWC. Read more.

22

Aug2020
Texas Adds 31,400 Non-Farm Positions over the Month. Read more.

22

Aug2020
Texas had the largest number of oil and gas layoffs, losing 39,900 jobs, or about 14 percent of its workforce, of the pre-pandemic workforce. Read more.

21

Aug2020
Economic experts say a slow recovery in the industry means problems will persist for the restaurant sector — and businesses in the supply chain on which it relies. Read more.

20

Aug2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approved $106.4 million to assist TWC’s 28 Local Workforce Boards (Boards) and child care providers to address higher child care costs resulting from COVID-19. Read more.

20

Aug2020
A major reason for this success is the local-option sales tax for economic development, which has been crucial to proactive efforts for over 30 years. Read more.

19

Aug2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has approved an additional $5 million from the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to be used to support training in high demand occupations with priority given to training in the healthcare, manufacturing and IT sectors in direct response to needs identified by COVID-19. ... Read More

17

Aug2020
Accurate Census counts are far more than just a matter of interest. They are vital to ensuring adequate federal funding for various programs, appropriate representation in Congress, and an understanding of demographic trends to plan for the future. Read more.

17

Jul2020
To fill those jobs, though, Congress will need to do something policymakers have yet to accomplish up to this point: adequately investing in skills so workers can access and succeed in in-demand careers. Read more.

08

Jul2020
The Texas AFL-CIO and Every Texan (formerly known as the Center for Public Policy Priorities) today proposed a 10-point plan for reforming the Unemployment Insurance system in Texas. Read more.

07

Jul2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has been awarded $9.4 million by the Department of Labor to support the expansion of registered apprenticeship in Texas to help build viable career paths for youths and adults seeking to develop a viable career around training for skilled professions. Read more.... Read More

06

Jul2020
Policymakers want a new infrastructure, but they haven’t thought much about giving new people a chance to be part of that rebuilding. Read more.

28

Jun2020
Given underlying changes in the US workforce, immigrants, both documented and undocumented, will become a more crucial source of labor over time. Moreover, many of the DACA recipients are highly educated and possess skills that are in high demand. Read more.

28

Jun2020
Time is running out to make sure Texas is prepared for what Texans know is coming. Read more.

27

Jun2020
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that will overhaul the government’s hiring practices so that a job applicant’s skills will be given priority over a college degree. Read more.

24

Jun2020
Austin technology companies say President Donald Trump’s temporary suspension of new work visas for a wide variety of jobs will harm their ability to find workers amid an ongoing shortage of tech talent in the United States. Read more.

23

Jun2020
At a time when oil companies are struggling under a volatile energy market, Cornyn is proposing to expand the degree to which companies can deduct drilling costs and other expenses from their tax bill this year, while also reducing the amount of the federal fuel tax companies must ... Read More

23

Jun2020
These actions include expanding the eligibility for Skills Development Funds training grants and a federal waiver request to increase pre-kindergarten match allowance for child care centers. Read more.

19

Jun2020
The Commission’s latest action in support of the Texas workforce will be implemented through partnerships with two Massive Open Online Course providers at the state level to provide skills enhancement opportunities to hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers in Texas. Read more.

19

Jun2020
Texas 2036's strategic framework sets out 36 goals to fortify state's future. Read more.

19

Jun2020
The current pandemic we are encountering has exemplified what great patriots these recipients are, and the necessity of keeping them protected. Read more.

10

Jun2020
This contraction may be quicker than most. Read more.

30

May2020
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

30

May2020
Workforce Solutions together with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board are the public workforce system for the Houston-Galveston region of Texas. Workforce Solutions helps employers develop apprenticeship models that support employee recruitment, retention and highly customized training. Read more.

30

May2020
Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast used Facebook Live with the local ABC affiliate to put a new father back to work after losing his job to COVID. Read more.

30

May2020
Virtual Career Series will allow students to learn about careers and professions in the region. Students will learn what a typical day in each of these careers looks like, what to expect and level of training and or education required. Read more.

29

May2020
Funds will increase the number of apprentices in Texas by 1,000. Read more.

28

May2020
For Texas community college students, the pandemic upended delicate balances of work, family and financial survival. Schools are tapping into emergency funds and trying to connect students with needed services. Read more.

28

May2020
The proposal calls for $80 million to be put into workforce development, aimed at getting those who lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic back on their feet. Read more.

27

May2020
ocial distancing requirements, while essential to preventing major spikes in COVID-19 cases, have caused unprecedented disruptions to the US economy. Read more.

26

May2020
Texas factory activity declined again in May, though at a slower pace than in April, according to business executives responding to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey released May 26. Read more.

23

May2020
Texas Workforce Commission Committed to help Texans find work, training and resources. Read more.

21

May2020
The Skills Renewal Act creates a flexible $4,000 skills training credit for newly unemployed Americans, will allow workers to access their choice of training programs and gain skills expected to be in high demand in coming years. Read more.

20

May2020
Within the report, researchers present 47 data indicators such as enrollment levels, academic progress, educational attainment, financial status and others to illustrate new developments and trends in education. Read more.

19

May2020
Child care centers across Texas re-open, funding returns to pre-pandemic levels. Read more.

18

May2020
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the second phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I ... Read More

12

May2020
This eALERT from the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) includes the bill text and comprehensive outline, as well as links to a title-by-title summary and other informative pages. Read more.

08

May2020
Senior Federal Policy Analyst Katie Brown and Director of Community Advancement at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Amy Shields outline several policies Congress can consider that would support businesses and workers adjust to new realities of a post-pandemic world. Read more.

06

May2020
Governor Greg Abbott and the OneStar Foundation today announced the Texas COVID Relief Fund, which will provide critical funding and resources to organizations across the state working on the ground to support the economic recovery of local communities. Read more.

06

May2020
The Texans Back to Work Task Force presented its final report to Lt. Gov. Patrick today. Read more.

04

May2020
USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran also authored an op-Ed in WorkingNation calling for significant investments in workforce development programs in the next stimulus. Read more.

02

May2020
The Relaunching America’s Workforce Act authorizes funding to help workers sharpen their skills and quickly re-enter the workforce as the economy emerges from the deepest decline since the Great Depression. Read more.

28

Apr2020
During the 2020 pandemic-driven economic disaster, the next rounds of stimulus spending from Washington should fund one million community service jobs. Read more.

28

Apr2020
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

28

Apr2020
The businesses must limit occupancy to no more than 25%. Abbott said the state's stay-at-home order "has done its job to slow the growth of COVID-19." Read more.

25

Apr2020
The Texas Workforce Commission opened a new call center on Friday, April 24 in order to help with the influx of calls regarding unemployment benefits amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

24

Apr2020
The bill will temporarily replenish about $320 billion into a forgivable loan fund earmarked for small businesses. Read more.

23

Apr2020
Perryman: Chaos
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Recovery of oil prices is particularly critical to Texas. When exploration, drilling, production, oilfield services, pipelines, storage, refining, shipping, and other aspects of the energy sector are considered, oil from the Permian Basin alone supports about 10% of the Texas economy, with the industry statewide comprising about 13-14 ... Read More

23

Apr2020
The Rural Capital Board has partnered with a number of state and community organizations on several initiatives to serve the employers and job seekers in that area, including JobsNow!, Entrepreneurship Boot Camps, and PATHS Grant. Read more.

23

Apr2020
As a result of the waiver, new APRN graduates who have applied for APRN licensure with the Board of Nursing and have met all licensure requirements except national certification may begin practicing under direct physician supervision. Read more.

23

Apr2020
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area developed and implemented a comprehensive outreach strategy to focused on creating value, reducing fear, boosting reassurance, supporting employers, putting people to work amidst the COVID pandemic. Read more.

22

Apr2020
Bonnen raised the idea in a letter earlier this month to Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Read more.

18

Apr2020
The reopening will happen in phases, Abbott said, and will be guided by data and doctors. Read more.

17

Apr2020
Governor Greg Abbott's Office of Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) yesterday launched the Governor's Small Business Webinar Series to provide Texas small business owners and entrepreneurs with timely, relevant, and actionable information on COVID-19 recovery resources. Read more.

17

Apr2020
JFF joined with 38 other national organizations including the US Workforce Association and NAWB, as part of the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce, urging Congress to invest at least $15 billion in the nation’s workforce development system in any upcoming stimulus legislation. Read more.

17

Apr2020
Workforce Solutions will assist up to 40 individuals by providing a job coach in conjunction with work-based learning and/or on the job training. The goal of the pilot is to assist these individuals with valuable work experience, exposure to work and connect them to other resources that can ... Read More

16

Apr2020
New site, www.FrontlineChildCare.Texas.Gov will help workers locate safe, regulated child care options near them. Read more.

16

Apr2020
Community health workers provide disease preparedness and prevention, but their numbers are small. Read more.

15

Apr2020
In order to appropriately address the COVID-19 challenges, WFS Lower Rio Grande Valley deployed the following best practices activities. Read more.

13

Apr2020
As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to unfold, we want to assure East Texas job seekers that we continue to serve our customers and community during our temporary public office closures. Read more.

13

Apr2020
Even as the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus has led to tens of thousands of job losses, many companies also are advertising job openings. Read more.

10

Apr2020
More than 400 incoming phone lines have been installed, along with adding three outside call centers to help ease the influx of requests. The TWC website has also will soon be updated to accommodate 20,000 users within one second. Read more.

10

Apr2020
There are emerging signs that any recovery will fail to match the speed and severity of the economic collapse that occurred in just a few weeks. Read more.

10

Apr2020
Each year the Texas Workforce Commission honors those employers whose investment in the Texas workforce contributes to the state’s thriving economy. This program booklet provides summaries of all those employers nominated and their successful collaborations with Texas’ 28 local workforce development boards. Read more.

10

Apr2020
Each year the Texas Workforce Commission recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Boards. This program booklet provides summaries of all the nominees and their programs. Read more.

08

Apr2020
Texas 2036 founder Tom Luce speaks out about the need for a strategic COVID-19 recovery plan and the role Texas 2036 can play. Read more.

04

Apr2020
This date marks the beginning of a new quarter and as such the base period for unemployment benefits and those previously ineligible may now qualify. Read more.

03

Apr2020
This week, security researchers started speaking out about security lapses in the program, the new trend of "Zoombombing," and crashing public meetings with obscenities and worse. Read more.

02

Apr2020
Disaster relief funds, increased unemployment compensation and extended duration part of federal package to help unemployed workers and businesses affected by COVID-19. Read more.

01

Apr2020
Following up on feedback she received from town hall meetings between the Department and state CTE directors, the Secretary has decided to use transition authority to provide an extension for states that need additional time to submit their Perkins V state plans, allow states and local Perkins recipients to receive ... Read More

31

Mar2020
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

28

Mar2020
In an effort to support our Texas communities and families, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott approved the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) request to temporarily suspend compliance with several state laws that impair the ability to maintain child care services, especially child care services for essential frontline workers in relation ... Read More

28

Mar2020
The Perryman Group developed a plausible scenario for estimating the ultimate effects of the coronavirus based on a variety of public and private source materials (further described in the US report). Read more.

27

Mar2020
House approved the deal by voice vote hours earlier, after a lone Republican forced lawmakers back to Washington. Senate vote was 96-0. Read more.

25

Mar2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in an effort to support our working community and families affected by COVID-19, will distribute $40,000,000 of supplemental child care. These funds will allow local Workforce Development Boards to provide child care to the new COVID-19 Essential Workers, and, pending approval of a ... Read More

22

Mar2020
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Saturday that he is waiving certain requirements for Texas nurses in an effort to meet the state’s growing need for health care workers during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Read more.

20

Mar2020
Enrolling in Shared Work Program Provides an Alternative to Layoffs During COVID-19. Read more.

14

Mar2020
Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent in January. Read more.

03

Mar2020
Senator Lamar Alexander says a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act should pass the education committee in about a month, to give it time to get through Congress this year. Read more.

28

Feb2020
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

26

Feb2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded two Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants to Beeville Independent School District (ISD) and Sinton Independent School District. These grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Coastal Bend Area. Read more.

24

Feb2020
The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Owens Corning-Irving Roofing and Asphalt LLC in partnership with Mountain View College a $247,223 Skills Development Fund grant to provide job training. TWC has also awarded Goodwill Industries Ft. Worth a $115,159 Self Sufficiency Fund training grant to help 55 individuals transition ... Read More

22

Feb2020
Raise Your Hand Texas officials say they are expanding its presence beyond Austin to keep focus on education. Read more.

20

Feb2020
This grant will be used to provide custom training to 205 new workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on chemical plant operations, including troubleshooting, pipefitting and hazardous materials management, in the Gulf Coast region. Read more.

19

Feb2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded two Skills Development Fund grants: a $289,982 grant to Collin College and a manufacturing consortium of Tower Extrusions and Quest Medical and a $316,131 grant to Collin College in partnership with a business consortium of Platform Manufacturing Group, Forte Payment Systems ... Read More

14

Feb2020
President Donald Trump has proposed one of the largest increases in funding for career and technical education in recent history. Read more.

14

Feb2020
Governor Greg Abbott today charged the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, consisting of the Commissioners of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), to marshal the combined resources of the three agencies to carry forward the reforms adopted by ... Read More

10

Feb2020
However, overall, both the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Labor (DOL) received glaring proposed cuts in their budget. Read more.

07

Feb2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Community Council of South Central Texas Inc. along with Alamo Colleges and Workforce Solutions Alamo a $315,000 Self Sufficiency Fund training grant to help 150 individuals transition into the workforce. Read more.

06

Feb2020
Last week, President Trump issued a proclamation declaring February as CTE Month. The proclamation recognized the importance of high-quality CTE and ensuring all students have access to it. Most notably, the proclamation stated that the President’s “fiscal year 2021 budget proposal to the Congress will include significant increases ... Read More

03

Feb2020
Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont were recently approved to participate in the Education Flexibility Program (Ed-Flex), which was updated by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Ed-Flex encourages local innovation and returns power to states from the U.S. Department of Education by allowing states to waive certain ... Read More

31

Jan2020
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

30

Jan2020
A manufacturing consortium of Ecolab Inc., Interceramic Inc., Kirchhoff Automotive, Mapei Corporation, II-IV Marlow Industries Inc., RHE Hatco Inc., and Sanden Vendo America Inc. has partnered with Richland College to provide job training using a $434,328 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant ... Read More

24

Jan2020
Economy adds 29,800 jobs in December. Read more.

23

Jan2020
Texarkana College received a $100,000 grant today from the American Electric Power Foundation to fund the purchase of advanced manufacturing equipment to train students enrolled in TC's industrial maintenance, electronics and instrumentation technology programs. Read more.

23

Jan2020
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded two individual grants: a $467,816 Skills Development Fund grant and a $184,908 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas area. Read more.

17

Jan2020
The Board of Directors for Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) is pleased to announce the selection of Leila H. Melendez as its new Chief Executive Officer. She succeeds Joyce Wilson, who is retiring in March 2020. Read more.

17

Jan2020
A manufacturing consortium of Azteca Milling L.P., CSJB Holdings Inc., Red River Commodities Inc., Simflo LLC, Workforce Solutions South Plains, TMAC West Texas and the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance has partnered with South Plains College to provide job training using a $506,719 Skills Development Fund grant from the ... Read More

14

Jan2020
Students who live in Grand Rapids and graduate from a high school within the city limits are on track to start getting free college tuition, starting with the Class of 2020. Read more.

10

Jan2020
In Houston, after disasters like Hurricanes Ike and Harvey as well as flooding issues, Mark Guthrie, Chair of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, said recovering the workforce quickly may require providing housing in whatever ways possible. Read more.

06

Jan2020
Across the U.S., including in Texas, there are simply not enough nurses. Demand for all types will likely exceed Texas' healthcare workforce supply by the end of the decade, with a labor deficit of 59,970 Registered Nurses alone. Read more.

03

Jan2020
Refugees in Texas had $4.6 billion in spending power and paid $1.6 billion in taxes in 2015, according to a report by the pro-immigration group New American Economy. Read more.

31

Dec2019
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

30

Dec2019
California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it. Read more.

26

Dec2019
The U.S. educates them, but then, experts say, these students often face such a difficult path to longterm employment in this country that they must look elsewhere at a time when skilled workers are in high demand. Read more.

24

Dec2019
The package also includes spending priorities that direct the Department of Labor (DOL) to use funding to support community college capacity to deliver workforce programming and to better connect the public workforce system, educators, and employers in local industry partnerships. Read more.

21

Dec2019
Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.4 Percent as Economy Adds 37,500 Jobs. Read more.

20

Dec2019
Many Texas lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have urged the agreement's passage, due to the state's reliance on cross-border commerce with Mexico. Read more.

20

Dec2019
The program is part of the Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) initiative and will help up to 50 eligible participants become industry professionals. Read more.

17

Dec2019
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) statewide workforce solutions Boards continue to engage with Texas employers to help them explore apprenticeship-training models and develop apprenticeship-training programs, which assist business owners with opportunities to teach specific skills so that new employees are potentially hired as apprentices. Read more.... Read More

14

Dec2019
Texas needs to invest in its people, places and enterprises to ensure continued economic growth, Pedigo says. One way to do that, he says, is reorganizing high school and vocational programs. Read more.

13

Dec2019
New rules restricting access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are going to cause hundreds of thousands of Americans to lose benefits. Read more.

06

Dec2019
Goodwill was nominated by Workforce Solutions South Plains (South Plains) and chosen as the Small Employer of the Year from among three exemplary finalists, out of 21 small employers nominated. Read more.

06

Dec2019
SB&D was nominated by Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas (North Central Texas) and chosen as the Large Employer of the Year from among three exemplary finalists, out of 21 large private-sector employers nominated. Read more.

05

Dec2019
With a view to develop local talent, drive regional aerospace growth and provide support for the manufacture of the Advanced Metallic Wing for the Global 7500 aircraft Bombardier and Texas State Technical College have come together to start an apprenticeship training program. Read more.

27

Nov2019
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Executive Director Marilyn Smith: "You are part of the manpower solution in Southeast Texas." Read more.

27

Nov2019
Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Career & Education Outreach Specialist Amy Hall discusses the TWC Education Outreach Pilot program. View here.

27

Nov2019
The CR will continue to fund the majority of government programs at FY 2019 levels, while providing some programs additional funds to meet specific demands, like an increase in funding for the Census Bureau in the lead up to the 2020 Decennial census. Read more.

25

Nov2019
Declining manufacturing activity in Texas reflects a broader industry slowdown across the nation and the world. Read more.

20

Nov2019
A challenge to growth Texas will face is adjusting to workforce changes. Read more.

18

Nov2019
These grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions of North Texas area and Workforce Solutions North Central Texas area, respectively. Read more.

17

Nov2019
Reading scores of African American eighth-graders in Texas now have fallen behind even Mississippi, one of the poorest states in the country. Read more.

15

Nov2019
Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.4 Percent as Economy Adds 30,100 Jobs. Read more.

15

Nov2019
Training supported by the grant allows students to earn credits towards occupational licenses or certifications. Read more.

14

Nov2019
Coaches worked with students on building confidence, reiterating the perils of social media misuse, making a great first impression and, when all of the preparation was finished, actually simulating a job interview. Read more.

13

Nov2019
Legislators cannot ignore the damage that losing Dreamers would do to Texas. Read more.

13

Nov2019
Education and innovation will keep us moving forward. Read more.

13

Nov2019
This grant from Walmart Foundation will benefit five workforce board regions in Texas: Greater Dallas, Coastal Bend, Rural Capital, Gulf Coast, and North Texas. Read more.

12

Nov2019
Offering pre-apprentice dual credit courses in the Capital Area Workforce Board area benefits schools and employers alike. Read more.

12

Nov2019
Griffith earlier this year taught the Collision Industry Conference how the federal government facilitated that process through its registered apprenticeship program. Read more.

08

Nov2019
The state’s gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced over a period of time — grew by 4.7 percent in the quarter. That’s well above the national growth rate of 2 percent over the same time. Read more.

31

Oct2019
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

29

Oct2019
For the eighth year, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host veterans hiring fairs in 31 cities throughout Texas on Thursday, Nov. 7. Read more.

24

Oct2019
This grant will be used to provide custom training to 278 new and incumbent workers in healthcare. Read more.

20

Oct2019
The grant will be used to provide custom training to 222 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction in general business. Read more.

19

Oct2019
Economy adds 7,600 Jobs in September. Read more.

18

Oct2019
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced today that McLane Southwest, Stanley Black & Decker and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are the finalists for the 2019 Texas Workforce Solutions Large Employer of the Year Award. BWJ Metalworks LLC, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas and Hobbs Bonded Fibers are the ... Read More

18

Oct2019
This grant will be used to provide custom training to 266 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on information technology. Read more.

16

Oct2019
Microsoft Corp. is doubling-down on its workforce development investment in El Paso, adding 15 public schools to its computer skills program and investing $1.5 million in a binational business accelerator. Read more.

15

Oct2019
The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Heart of Texas area. Read more.

10

Oct2019
The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Cameron area. Read more.

10

Oct2019
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded two grants: a $781,361 Skills Development Fund grant to Texarkana College in partnership with Graphics Packaging International, LLC and a $196,534 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant to Texarkana College. These grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Northeast ... Read More

04

Oct2019
At a roundtable event in Dallas, alongside Ivanka Trump, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced new job training opportunities through a White House initiative. Read more.

04

Oct2019
The purpose of the program is to expand statewide participation in robotics programs for high school students. Read more.

01

Oct2019
In recent weeks, the Department of Education has released several new or updated resources related to CTE and Perkins V. Read more.

01

Oct2019
The Republican-led Senate on Thursday confirmed lawyer Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump’s new labor secretary. Read more.

30

Sep2019
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

27

Sep2019
Statewide listening tour prompts customized new features to be showcased in upcoming statewide outreach campaign. Read more.

27

Sep2019
On Thursday, the Senate passed H.R. 4378, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019, by a vote of 82 – 15. Read more.

25

Sep2019
The programs are part of local and statewide efforts to expand the pipeline of tech talent and prepare students for jobs of the future. Read more.

20

Sep2019
Economy Adds 18,200 Jobs in August. Read more.

19

Sep2019
The committee essentially flat funded the Labor-HHS-Education (Labor-H) bill, only giving it an increase of $223 million, or .1%, bringing the total to $178.299 billion. Read more.

19

Sep2019
In the coming years, we will have many more partnerships and more innovation occurring in public schools across Texas. Read more.

19

Sep2019
The Texas economy relies heavily on temporary work visas, like H-1Bs, to hire highly trained, highly skilled employees from abroad. But H-1Bs have been subject to tougher scrutiny, with denial rates on the uptick. Read more.

17

Sep2019
Making such public investments is growing more critical than ever. But our public investment in skills hasn’t even come close to meeting workers needs or business demand, let alone achieving parity with the investment of other industrialized countries. Read more.

14

Sep2019
The grant will help the district purchase and install a simulation system to provide students with training for careers in truck driving. Read more.

14

Sep2019
The grant will be used to provide customized training to 378 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused training that includes nursing, hospital and palatable care, and wound care. Read more.

10

Sep2019
Mexico is undergoing a significant demographic shift that will result in an aging population and workforce, as well as a significant technological transformation that is associated with a growing number of Mexicans in science and technology fields. Read more.

09

Sep2019
The study looks at job growth from 2016 to 2019. During that time, Midland added 25,000 jobs and achieved a growth rate of 29 percent. At the end of July, Midland boasted 111,300 jobs, according to AdvisorSmith study. Read more.

27

Aug2019
Mr. Serna has dedicated over three decades to public service and to helping people. Read more.

26

Aug2019
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has recently awarded $5,165,488 in funding to seven local workforce boards for a new Workforce Career and Education Outreach Specialist Pilot Program. The program will provide career services to students at public middle and high schools, grades six through twelve, to direct students ... Read More

20

Aug2019
Gov. Greg Abbott has named Bryan Daniel Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the agency announced today. Gov. Abbott has also appointed Aaron S. Demerson as TWC’s new Commissioner Representing Employers. Read more.

20

Aug2019
Project Quest has succeeded where many similar retraining efforts have failed, taking workers lacking in skills and successfully positioning them for jobs where they can earn double or triple what they did previously. Read more.

19

Aug2019
Former Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs today announced her resignation to serve as Texas Secretary of State. Read more.

15

Aug2019
Especially when the path to a surer job, better money, and a more stable job, according to The Atlantic, may come through trade school, or so-called vocational schools. Read more.

15

Aug2019
A new set of recommendations from several education groups argues that as states prepare their new plans for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which will fully kick in for the 2020-21 school year, they should try to align them with ESSA and use CTE ... Read More

08

Aug2019
Today, education leaders from 12 community and technical college systems across the country—including those in Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington—sent letters to federal policymakers, urging them to make higher education policy more responsive to the needs of today’s ... Read More

08

Aug2019
This grant will be used to provide custom training to 63 new and incumbent workers in the transportation and warehousing industries. Read more.

03

Aug2019
These partnerships will facilitate and support the training of certified nursing assistants, customer service representatives, biomedical equipment maintenance specialists, cybersecurity technician healthcare and multiple construction related positions and certifications. Read more.

01

Aug2019
Commissioner Daniel joins the three-member Commission and will serve as the representative for the public promoting and supporting the growth of Texas’ world-class employers and talented workforce that will continue to lead the Texas economy toward a promising future. Read more.

31

Jul2019
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

27

Jul2019
NAWB President Ron Painter just released an op-ed in the Washington Examiner emphasizing the need for Americans to engage in lifelong learning and upskilling. Read more.

25

Jul2019
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it was proposing a new requirement for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The rule, which limits states' flexibility to set eligibility standards, could cut off thousands of Texans. Read more.

25

Jul2019
President Trump and congressional leaders announced that they had reached an agreement on a budget deal that would raise the spending caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending for the next two fiscal years (FY20 and FY21). Read more.

25

Jul2019
A new study says North Texas would be a smaller, poorer, less dynamic place without immigrants. Read more.

22

Jul2019
With so many major projects on our doorstep, addressing the challenges of workforce development is a key responsibility. Read more.

22

Jul2019
Texas’ Tri-Agency partners met today in Austin with industry and education stakeholders to continue the “Texas Internship Challenge,” a statewide campaign to increase and promote internships for students in Texas. Read more.

20

Jul2019
The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Alamo, Workforce Solutions Capital Area and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County area. Read more.

19

Jul2019
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he will nominate Gene Scalia, former Justice Antonin Scalia's son, as secretary of labor -- replacing Alex Acosta, who resigned over the fallout from the plea deal he negotiated for Jeffrey Epstein in 2008. Read more.

19

Jul2019
Economy Adds 45,000 jobs in June. Read more.

13

Jul2019
The world is changing, and workers as well as employers have to change with it. Read more.

12

Jul2019
President Trump’s embattled labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, announced his resignation on Friday amid continuing questions about his handling of a sex crimes case involving the financier Jeffrey Epstein when Mr. Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida. Read more.

11

Jul2019
By training its own employees for higher-value positions in technology development, Amazon aims to hold on to the workers it has — and attract new hires with the prospect of career advancement. Read more.

08

Jul2019
Having long focused on readying students for college, school systems are beefing up their career-and-technical programs amid a growing push to more closely align the skills students accumulate in school with workforce needs. Read more.

04

Jul2019
The proposed rule would establish a process for recognizing Standards Recognition Entities (SRE) and Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). Read more.

01

Jul2019
The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) took center stage Tuesday as it received a federal grant to start one of the first health-care apprenticeship programs in the country. Read more.

29

Jun2019
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

26

Jun2019
This morning, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was made public that would establish a process for the U.S. Department of Labor to advance the development of high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). The Department further announced awards totaling $183.8 million to support the development ... Read More

26

Jun2019
At Workforce Solutions Capital Area’s North Career Center, Tony met with Ruben Altamirano, a career counselor, and together they explored work and training opportunities available with funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. Read more.

22

Jun2019
Economy Adds 19,600 Jobs in May. Read more.

22

Jun2019
This grant will be used to support an existing Dual Credit Program at Panola College by purchasing new equipment. The funds will go towards the purchasing of medical equipment. Students will be able to earn their certificates in nursing. Read more.

16

Jun2019
"House Bill 3511 is redundant of the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, which is comprised of the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board." Read more.

13

Jun2019
The Workforce Excellence Award program recognizes exceptional contributions by a Texas community or region that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. Read more.

12

Jun2019
The high-priority bill boosts per-student funding and reduces property taxes across the state. Read more.

08

Jun2019
The retail giant said Tuesday it will begin offering free SAT and ACT prep courses, as well as more predictable schedules and debt-free college funding, to its employees as it tries to attract workers in a competitive labor market. Read more.

08

Jun2019
A 2018 report from the Texas Tribune found more than 4,200 people in the state — including security guards, cosmetologists and pharmacists – were at risk of losing their license because of student loan default in 2017. Read more.

06

Jun2019
DeVos told reporters that the U.S. needs to take a new approach to apprenticeship programs for both blue collar and white collar jobs. Read more.

04

Jun2019
Companies investing in the Rio Grande Valley anticipate high demand for workers that may exceed 9,000 jobs, according to seven large employers attending a Workforce Summit held April 23 at the Port of Brownsville. Read more.

04

Jun2019
Students will get hands-on experiences that allow them learn problem solving and analytical skills while fostering an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers with a focus on computer science. Read more.

01

Jun2019
In 2015, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District launched an ambitious Nursing Career Pathway Program that allows students to graduate from high school while simultaneously earning a free nursing associate degree. Read more.

31

May2019
The latest news, success stories and informational resources in the world of workforce. Read more.

31

May2019
Although the state’s largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are where the lion’s share of economic activity occurs, most of the smaller population centers are also performing well. Read more.

27

May2019
Texas’ top political leaders will wrap up the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature on Monday with an air of accomplishment. Read more.

26

May2019
Completing negotiations that have taken place over the last few months, Texas House and Senate lawmakers approved a compromise on a state spending plan for 2020-21. Read more.

25

May2019
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 27 grants totaling $5,718,073 to multiple public community colleges, public technical institutes, public state colleges and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program. Read more.... Read More

24

May2019
As context, the Texas economy is expected to see output (real gross product or RGP) growth at a 3.82 percent annual pace, while employment expands at a 2.02 percent annual rate. Read more.

18

May2019
Private sector employers added 283,000 jobs over the year. Private annual employment growth was at 2.7 percent in April and has held above 2.0 percent since October 2017. Read more.

14

May2019
TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas announced his resignation from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read More.

10

May2019
Texas' economy recovered in the first quarter of 2019, data suggests, after the year-end slowdown in December when the price of oil plummeted and the stock market saw the worst yearly declines since 2008. Read more.

10

May2019
In an amendment offered by Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant program was given an additional $10 million, on top of the $37.4 million increase that passed the subcommittee last week. Read More.

08

May2019
The Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $29 million in grant funding for their Education and Workforce Program (EWP), which includes the Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy and Agricultural Workforce Training Grants. Read More.

07

May2019
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Workforce training to better match skills to job requirements is part of the solution to too-low unemployment. Read more.

04

May2019
A bipartisan bill called the Gateway to Careers Act would make grant funding available to institutions that are working in partnership with industry stakeholders and community-based organizations to better serve students who need a little extra help to complete their education. Read More.

04

May2019
The order is wide-ranging, but includes several workforce-related components. Read More.

04

May2019
Lawmakers moved to apply the state's sales tax to goods sold by remote vendors who don't have physical operations in Texas. Read More.

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