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2018 Q2 Newsletter

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Workforce Solutions Welcomes Two New Team Members

Due to the ever-changing nature of our workforce and job ecosystem, Workforce Solutions (WFS) understands that change is necessary in order to better serve our community. Within the scope of our duties lies student services, and if we further delve into that area, we find a variety of programs and services intended to help students with disabilities enter the workforce. 

To suit the specific needs of that audience, WFS created two Student HireAbility Navigator positions, held by Del Diaz and Jeannette Escalera. Their role is to help improve the system services and collaboration of organizations that serve students with disabilities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley service area. The Student HireAbility Navigator program will focus exclusively on services for students with disabilities who are in the early phases of preparing for transition to postsecondary education and employment. Each Student HireAbility Navigator serves as a resource in the workforce development area to support, expand, and enhance the provision of pre-employment services that are provided by VR as well as the other partners and programs in the workforce development area.

Navigators performs duties and provide deliverables in the following three focus areas: 

  • Capacity building and systems development
  • Partnering and collaboration
  • Informing and engaging employers

The overarching goal of the activities within the three focus areas is to increase the likelihood of students' independence and inclusion in communities and competitive integrated workplaces, and their successful participation in postsecondary education experiences.  

Congratulations to Del and Jeannette! We look forward to the positive effect that your work will have on our community. For employment opportunities,  upcoming events, and the latest WFS developments, visit us at wfsolutions.org or call us at 956-687-1121.

 

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WFS to Broadcast Labor Market Information Updates on Facebook Live 

In June, 2018, Workforce Solutions Communications Specialist, Mike Gonzalez, and Senior Business Relations Representative, Mike Willis, went live on Facebook for what we hope will grow to become a quick and useful overview of the latest labor market information (LMI) data.

Social media has become a valuable tool for WFS, and with a resource like Facebook Live, we're able to broadcast relevant information to an audience of nearly 10,000 followers. Each month, Mike G. and Mike W. will break down the numbers and figures provided in the LMI so viewers in our service area can use the data to their advantage. 

LMI gives us the most current labor market highlights and developments across the state. The information is produced and published on a monthly basis and includes data on nonagricultural job trends, the labor force, job postings, and other relevant indicators for both the state and sub-state areas. Additional data and historical information is available on Tracer2.com.

Like and follow @WFSolutions on Facebook to catch our live LMI reports!

 

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TWC Chairman Alcantar Announces Retirement 

After nearly a decade of service, TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar today announced his retirement from state service effective July 31.

In regards to the announcement, WFS Chief Executive Officer Francisco Almaraz states: "During his tenure as the Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public, Andres Alcantar worked diligently to ensure that local workforce boards maintained the liberty to effectively service their regions to the highest standard possible. Our ability to reach and serve so many people here in the Rio Grande Valley have only been supplemented by his leadership, and although the board and I are saddened over the news of his resignation, we are grateful for the positive change that his influence was able to bring to our great state of Texas.” 

Chairman Alcantar was appointed Commissioner by former Governor Rick Perry effective August 4, 2008. From the start, he strengthened relationships with local workforce board leaders and key stakeholders to honor local flexibility and advance innovation in service delivery. Additionally, he worked to implement customized services and promoted industry-based partnerships to meet the needs of Texas’ vast array of industries and advance the development of a strong competitive workforce.

 

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Workforce Solutions Awarded $81,076 Texas Talent Connection Grant

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) made a visit to the McAllen Convention Center on February 9, 2018 to engage with area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers at the Texas Business Conference. The intent behind the meeting was to inform and educate our constituents on the employment law update. The conference provided valuable information for employers and business owners concerning the legal issues associated with operating a business in Texas.

“We are committed to providing employers with the information they need to succeed,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The Texas Business Conference brings valuable resources to help employers effectively navigate through state and federal employment laws.”

Workforce Solutions facilitated the event by coordinating a Q&A session with local employers such as Spectrum and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. The session provided employers with practical, up-to-date information for operating a successful business along with techniques to more effectively manage employees. Seminar topics included: Texas employment law and the basics of hiring; federal and Texas wage and hour laws; employee policy handbooks and many more.

 

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JOBS Program Prepares At-Risk Youth for Success in the Workplace

The Juvenile Opportunity for Better Skills (JOBS) program is designed to assist Hidalgo County at-risk youth from the Judge Mario E. Ramirez Juvenile Justice Center with opportunities to strengthen their soft skills and establish work experience.  

In July 2018, Workforce Solutions conducted a 16 hour job readiness training for 16 and 17 year old students who are currently being housed at the juvenile justice center.  The students completed the 16 hour soft skills training in preparation for placement in a work experience job site. The program provides at-risk youth with skills and experience needed to become productive citizens upon release. 

"Our youth deserves to be guided toward success," says Francisco Almaraz, WFS CEO. "With programs like this one, WFS is able to serve as a beacon of light for youth whom at one point, strayed and found themselves lost. Mistakes should not define us, but rather, refine us." 

 

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2018 Child Care Symposium 

Each year, Workforce Solutions child care providers from across the RGV are invited to support the practice of quality child care within our community.

With over 1,000 attendees across the span of two days, the 2018 Child Care Symposium was a huge success. Participants were able to engage with early childhood development experts through interactive workshops, all the while witihin an environment promoting professional networking opportunites to learn how to apply best practices in the field. 

Marisa E. Oliva and Albert Wright captivated audiences with knowledge earned through experience and inspiring tales that highlighted the importance having a passion for your craft. 

We're honored to lift up our child care providers, who play a vital role in the workforce system, and will continue to support the professional development of their invaluable skills.

 

Upcoming Events

    • McAllen Public Library Job Fair - August 25th, 2018
    • Annual Women Veterans Seminar: Focusing on Suicide Prevention - September 28 - 29, 2018
    • WFS Board of Directors Strategic Planning Workshop -  September 28 - 29, 2018

Copyright © 2018 Workforce Solutions - Lower Rio Grande Valley, All rights reserved. Workforce Solutions is one of 28 Texas Workforce Development Boards serving Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW

Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board dba Workforce Solutions is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to include individuals with disabilities. TTY/TDD via RELAY Texas service at 711 or (TDD) 1-800-735-2989/1-800-735-2988 (voice).

Our mailing address is:

3101 W. Business 83 :: McAllen, TX 78501

 

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MCALLEN, Texas - The Fourth Annual RGV Job Fair is serving as proof that unemployment rates continue to drop in the Valley.

The latest statistics from the Texas Workforce Commission show the upper valley unemployment rate at 6.2 percent and the lower valley right now sitting at 6 percent. While those rates are higher than the state rate of 3.7 percent, Workforce Solutions says they expect unemployment to keep dropping.

Mike Gonzalez, Texas Workforce Solutions says, "Obviously we helped a lot of people out. We're hoping to do the same this year, so that we can create some opportunities that we can share within our   community to help everyone flourish."

For the full report: https://www.kveo.com/news/local-news/unemployment-drops-in-the-rgv/1311813026

2018 Q1 Newsletter

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Workforce and KRGV Partner to Combat Unemployment

Workforce Solutions (WFS) kicked off 2018 with a special collaboration with our community partners at KRGV Channel 5 News. Four times a year, KRGV’s Heart of the Valley program goes in depth to illuminate one critical issue, cause, or need, to help create positive change within the community. In January the program focused on Employment, and Workforce Solutions participated not only by providing information on the topic, but also by hosting a valley-wide job fair. 

The job fair took place at each of our WFS offices and spanned three counties (Willacy, Starr, & Hidalgo). KRGV reporters were onsite and reporting from the beginning at 9 am until the very end at 2 pm. Thanks to the daily coverage they were able to provide coupled with our community outreach, we had nearly 1,000 job seekers attend the event across five locations. 

As a non-profit organization, it is our mission to engage with the community in a way that will create a positive change, so the collaboration with KRGV was something we were more than eager to work on. Any opportunity to spread awareness on our services is an opportunity for us to give back to the RGV. 

Interested in our upcoming events? Visit our redesigned website at wfsolutions.org to use our Calendar of Events along with other useful resources!

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Workforce Solutions Encourages STEAM Educations with Inaugural Child Care Camp

Workforce Solutions hosted the inaugural Child Care Camp "Powered by STEAM" during Spring Break for preschool and school age children enrolled in Texas Rising Star (TRS) child care facilities. The purpose of the event was to introduce and encourage children to engage in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities.

Age appropriate activities were organized by community organizations, such as: Code RGV, First RGV, International Museum of Art & Science, Lakeshore Learning, McAllen Recycling Center, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – UT Cares Club and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – STEM department. The two-day camp was attended by approximately 500 children.

Early STEAM experiences have demonstrated to have a positive influence in supporting academic success. Our community partners at the Pharr Economic Development Corporation, Pharr Events Center, and all of our child care partners came together to make this event memorable for the children in attendance. 

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Annual Impact Report Now Available Online

At the end of each year, Workforce Solutions develops an annual report comprised of successful events, initiatives that made a positive impact in our community, information on in-demand occupation pathways and much more.

This document covers fiscal year 2017 and is the first WFS Impact Report to be made available online. See how we made an impact last year by visiting us online at wfsolutions.org.

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2018 Texas Business Conference 

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) made a visit to the McAllen Convention Center on February 9, 2018 to engage with area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers at the Texas Business Conference. The intent behind the meeting was to inform and educate our constituents on the employment law update. The conference provided valuable information for employers and business owners concerning the legal issues associated with operating a business in Texas.

“We are committed to providing employers with the information they need to succeed,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The Texas Business Conference brings valuable resources to help employers effectively navigate through state and federal employment laws.”

Workforce Solutions facilitated the event by coordinating a Q&A session with local employers such as Spectrum and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. The session provided employers with practical, up-to-date information for operating a successful business along with techniques to more effectively manage employees. Seminar topics included: Texas employment law and the basics of hiring; federal and Texas wage and hour laws; employee policy handbooks and many more.

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McAllen Public Library 2018 Job Fair  

Workforce Solutions partnered up with the City of McAllen once again to help put together the McAllen Public Library 2018 Job Fair on February 3rd, 2018. The event continued the tradition of success that the prior year exemplified, with 850 job seekers in attendance. 

The event had no shortage of employers either; over 45 employers such as the United States Border Patrol, South Texas Health Systems, Texas Department of Public Safety, and many more were able to extend opportunities to RGV citizens. 

Workforce Solutions is always happy to assist our community partners in creating the most successful job fairs and hiring events possible. If you would like to work with us, please visit us at wfsolutions.org to see the services that we provide AT NO COST. 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Halliburton Job Fair, June 12th, 2018
  • Child Care Symposium, June 29th - 30th, 2018
  • Summer Earn and Learn Work Experience - June, 2018

Copyright © 2018 Workforce Solutions - Lower Rio Grande Valley, All rights reserved. Workforce Solutions is one of 28 Texas Workforce Development Boards serving Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW

Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board dba Workforce Solutions is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to include individuals with disabilities. TTY/TDD via RELAY Texas service at 711 or (TDD) 1-800-735-2989/1-800-735-2988 (voice).

Our mailing address is:

3101 W. Business 83 :: McAllen, TX 78501

 

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