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DATE:             May, 2019­

CONTACT:     Mike Gonzalez

PHONE:          956.332.9741

E-MAIL:          mikeg@wfsolutions.org

New Program Seeks to Aid McAllen Employers and Job Seekers 

Workforce Solutions and City of McAllen Join Forces to Foster Local Economy

McAllen, TX – The City of McAllen and Workforce Solutions (WFS) are introducing the Building Better Futures: A City of McAllen Employment and Education Initiative, a new program that supports development of the healthcare, law enforcement and information technology industries by providing McAllen residents with opportunities to go back to school, learn a new trade, and improve work skills.

City of McAllen Mayor, Jim Darling, wants to prioritize capacity building for McAllen Residents. “Our economy is seeing low unemployment rates and we’re interested in ensuring that our residents have the opportunities to take advantage of high demand job opportunities,” he states. “With our partner, Workforce Solutions, I feel confident we can provide short term training to those interested in building a better future.”

“Workforce Solutions’ goal is to ensure that McAllen employers from the healthcare, law enforcement and information technology industries are able to fill their high-demand employment positions with participants that are enrolled in or have completed a training program,” says WFS Chief Executive Officer, Francisco Almaraz. “Programs like these allow the community to grow from within, allowing a skilled workforce to develop. Along with Mayor Darling, I look forward to seeing McAllen residents take advantage of the training opportunities available.”

To address these goals, Workforce Solutions will use $150,000 provided by the City of McAllen in combination with Workforce Solution’s leveraged funds from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to fund fifty-three (53) qualified individuals by providing:

  • ·         Financial assistance to pay for training programs that lead to an industry credential, certificate, or Associates degree; and/or as needed,
  • ·         Financial assistance to pay for training programs that align with healthcare, law enforcement and information technology,
  • ·         Work-based learning, such as On-the-Job training (OJT) and/or paid work experience that align with healthcare, law enforcement or information technology to gain experience and enhance employment opportunities in these industries, and
  • ·         Basic career counseling service for eligible participants.

Only McAllen residents with either a high school/general equivalency diploma or high school equivalency are eligible. Additionally, McAllen employers will be prioritized when placing participants of this grant in employment. For more information and full eligibility requirements, please call 956-687-1121.


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