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Story Link: https://riograndeguardian.com/alvarez-supports-hidalgo-county-judges-efforts-to-reduce-poverty/


MCALLEN, RGV – The labor representative on the Texas Workforce Commission, says he supports Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez’s efforts to reduce poverty.

Julian Alvarez will be in the Rio Grande Valley later this week to announce a grant to help local workforce development councils train individuals who have been incarcerated, many of whom came from a life of poverty.

Cortez has made reducing the Hidalgo County’s poverty rate one of his top four priorities. “The poverty rate in Hidalgo County is published at 29.5 percent. That is close to twice the rate for the entire State of Texas 17 percent, and more than double the U.S. poverty rate of 14 percent,” Cortez wrote, in a recent guest column.

Alvarez gave his views in an exclusive interview with the Rio Grande Guardian while attending FIRST RGV’s robotics season kickoff.

“The Rio Grande Valley has received a grant, Frank Almaraz, and Pat Hobbs, that would support those individuals that have been incarcerated or are currently incarcerated, specifically those individuals with felony convictions. Those individuals with felony convictions, we are providing them with training,” Alvarez said.

Francisco “Frank” Almaraz is executive director of Workforce Solutions in Hidalgo County. Pat Hobbs is executive director of Workforce Solutions Cameron.

“I have been reading Richard Cortez’s report on trying to get people out of poverty. One of the things he and I have discussed is that many of the individuals in South Texas, his data shows that 38 percent of the individuals in the region do not possess a GED or a high school diploma,” Alvarez said.

“Our hope is to help with that, by providing these individuals with felony convictions, many of them who are incarcerated and do not possess a GED or a high school diploma… we want to provide them with a credential that allows them to earn not only gainful employment but also a career path.”

Editor’s Note: TWC recently wrote about Alvarez visiting Lockhart Correctional Facility. He was there as the main commencement speaker at a graduation ceremony for female inmates who have benefited from a new education program involving TWC. Click here to read the article.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez speaking at FIRST RGV’s season kickoff event at McAllen High School.

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Artículo Por Telemundo 40:
La Fuerza Laboral de Texas cuenta con un programa que ofrece oportunidades a personas con capacidades diferentes por medio de los servicios de rehabilitación vocacional en el que se recluta y contrata a las personas ofreciendo las herramientas correspondientes.

Por medio de este programa, Lizeth Cortez fue contratada en Kumori.
A diferencia de sus compañeros, Lizeth padece de una discapacidad auditiva, pero esto no ha sido un obstáculo en su desempeño por sobresalir.

“Fue difícil sobrepasar ese muro porque la comunicación escrita a veces no es fácil, la gramática en inglés no es la misma para nosotros los sordos. Fue difícil entender, pero traté de hacer todas las preguntas y obtener los recursos para que pudiera entender y no me di por vencida,” explicó Cortez
Por su parte, Fabián Martínez, representante de la Fuerza Laboral de Texas, dijo que “los negocios normalmente se enteran de que no fue difícil adaptarse a la persona que tiene la discapacidad.” Martínez agregó que los negocios “salen contentos porque hay personas que tal vez, aunque tengan una discapacidad, siempre tienen algo que ofrecer”.

Si desea obtener información sobre los diferentes programas para personas con capacidades diferentes o tiene un negocio interesado en contratar, puede llamar al 956-275-7660 o puede visitar wfsolutions.org/es/how-we-help/job-seekers/individuals-w-disabilities.html.


Article By Telemundo 40: Workforce Solutions has programs that offer opportunities to people with different abilities through vocational rehabilitation services in which people are recruited and hired by offering the corresponding tools necessary for them to work. Through this program, Lizeth Cortez was hired by Kumori.

Unlike her classmates, Lizeth suffers from a hearing impairment, but this has not been an obstacle in her performance. “It was difficult to overcome that wall because written communication is sometimes not easy, grammar in English is not the same for us deaf people. It was hard to understand, but I tried to ask all the questions and get the resources so I could understand and I didn't give up, ”Cortez explained.

For his part, Fabián Martínez, a representative of the Workforce Solutions, said that “businesses usually find out that it isn't difficult to adapt to the needs of a person with a disability.” Martínez added that businesses “are happy because they realize that there are people who, even if they have a disability, always have something to offer."

If you want to get information about the different programs for people with disabilities or have a business interested in hiring, you can call 956-275-7660 or you can visit wfsolutions.org/es/how-we-help/job-seekers/individuals- w-disabilities.html.

Photos from the event can be downloaded from the TWC Flickr page.Media Release - 82192_Page_1.jpgMedia Release - 82192_Page_2.jpg

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