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2019 Q1 Newsletter

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Quarterly Newsletter  |  January - March, 2019

Job-Training Grants Totaling Over $1.3 Million for Healthcare and Technology Training Awarded to STC


The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded South Texas College three individual grants on Friday, Jan. 11: a $249,096 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant; a $655,153 Skills Development Fund (Skills) grant to a health care consortium; and a $409,890 Skills grant to a manufacturing consortium. The grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions areas of Lower Rio Grande Valley, Middle Rio Grande, and South Texas.

The $249,096 JET grant will help the college purchase and install equipment to provide 1,322 students with training for careers in the information technology field as computer, networking, and cyber security specialists.

In addition, local grant partners are collaborating with South Texas College to provide job training using Skills grants from TWC. A health care consortium, consisting of McAllen Medical Center; McAllen Heart Hospital; Edinburg Regional Medical Center; Edinburg Children’s Hospital; Cornerstone Regional Hospital; STHS ER at Mission; STHS ER at Weslaco; Doctors Hospital of Laredo; and Fort Duncan Medical Center and Women’s Center, will use a $655,153 grant to provide custom training to 1,167 new and incumbent workers in the health care and social assistance industry. Examples of trainees to include: echo technicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, mammography technicians, emergency room technicians, housekeepers, CNAs and more. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $31.32.

Workforce Solutions works with all schools, colleges, and universities within Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties to help increase their technical capacities. If you’re interested in learning more about the JET grant or Skills grant, contact us at 956-687-1121.

WFS Takes Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conference


Workforce Solutions participated in the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) 2019 Texas Business Conference this January.The conferences offer employers and human resource professionals the opportunity to learn about new employment laws, network with peers, talk one-on-one with employment attorneys, and earn education credits.

Employers receive practical, up-to-date information for operating a successful business and learn techniques to more effectively manage employees. Seminar topics include: Texas employment law and the basics of hiring; federal and Texas wage and hour laws; the unemployment claim and appeal process; independent contractors; and employee policy handbooks. Participants will receive the latest edition of the popular publication, Especially for Texas Employers, which addresses basic legal issues regarding hiring, pay, post-employment and work-separation policies.

The Society for Human Resource Management Texas State Council (Texas SHRM) is co-sponsoring the Texas Business Conferences and offering professional development and Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) recertification credits for human resources professionals attending the conferences. Certificates for the Texas SHRM Professional Development Credits will be handed out to those attending the Texas Business Conference. Also, attorneys may receive up to six hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit (no ethics hours) if they attend the entire conference. In addition, certified public accountants who attend can earn six hours of continuing education credit, and other conference participants may qualify for general professional credit.

Texas Business Conferences occur several times a year at locations throughout the state. For a complete list of 2019 dates, visit the Texas Business Conference webpage. More information about the resources available to Texas employers can be found on the Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers webpage.


Child Care Solutions Made Easy!

The cost of childcare can keep some parents from heading back to work. Workforce Solutions wants to help. For the first time in nearly 10 years, we are currently offering open enrollment for childcare payment assistance services.

You can see a checklist of what you need to apply and check you eligibility requirements at the Workforce Solutions website

Full story:https://www.krgv.com/news/state-agency-is-offering-open-enrollment-for-childcare?fbclid=IwAR3TU3QXnaUiRXgygkpnDPQVpB3QWJyIgdIqNc7Mab2RNQek_8b3H4XH_fM


McAllen Public Library Job Fair Makes A Splash

The wildly popular McAllen Public Library Semi-Annual job fair returned this February with another astronomical turn out. 

McAllen Public Library, in partnership with Workforce Solutions, invited the public to a Job Fair 2019 on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library, located at 4301 N. 23rd Street. Attendees got to connect with employers from several different companies, fill out printed and online applications, and have onsite interviews.

“The City of McAllen prospers when we all prosper and having a good job is key to making that happen,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  “Partnering with Workforce Solutions to host this job fair helps our community and residents to become a part of our area’s workforce, contribute to our local economy and just as importantly, provide individuals with a job to provide for themselves and their family a bright future.”

WFS and McAllen Public Library aim to make the job fair a semi-annual event and hope the job fair will act as a “one-stop shop” for people to gather and network for the future, offer face-to-face communication with employers + computer lab for online applications, and a centrally-located facility with public transportation accessible by McAllen Transit to empower the community

“Bringing career opportunities to job seekers has been greatly enhanced through the partnership between Workforce Solutions and the McAllen Public Library. Together, we provide the resources necessary to make a positive impact within our community,” said Francisco Almaraz, CEO of Workforce Solutions.

“We are excited to partner with Workforce Solutions and help connect our patrons with employers,” said Kate Horan, Library Director. “This event will combine the library and Workforce Solution’s resources to benefit job seekers, employers, and the entire community.

WFS Child Care Camp - Powered by STEAM Returns 

Recognizing the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), Workforce Solutions – Lower Rio Grande Valley hosted a Child Care Camp - Powered by STEAM on March 13th & 15th, 2018. The purpose of the event was to encourage young children to engage in STEAM activities and to introduce STEAM related occupations.   The camp, the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley, was strategically hosted during Spring Break, creating an educational “field trip” for preschool and school-age children attending TRS child care centers. Approximately 500 children participated in the two-day event.



Workforce Solutions partnered with Code RGV, First RGV, International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS), Lakeshore Learning, McAllen Recycling Center, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Education and Engineering Departments to provide engaging hands-on age appropriate activities. Children were able to rotate between the various stations allowing them to explore each component of STEAM, as early STEAM experiences have proven to have a positive influence in supporting academic success.

TRS providers were so excited about how much the children enjoyed the event they asked that we continue to host similar STEAM events in the future. 


Successful Transition to Employment After High School

Employment is a huge step, and Workforce Solutions is here to help along the way. Part of this transition involves events like Charting The Course. 

This free event is aimed at engaging 8th and 12th grade students with disabilities and their families in supporting the successful transition to employment after high school. 8th grade students will learn strategies for finding a job that is a good match for their skills, abilities and financial needs. 12th grade students will learn skills to prepare for a successful interview. Parents will learn and identify examples on self-awareness and self-advocacy for their child. 

Students with disabilities, Parents of students with disabilities can register at: https://apps.esc1.net/ProfessionalDevelopment/RegionOne/Registration/Workshop/102961

or go to: www.esc1.net/workshops

Upcoming Events

For the most accurate information, please visit our Calendar of Events!

  • 2019 Women in Business Conference & Expo - April 11-12, 2019
  • U.S. Census Bureau at WFS Offices - April 22-25, 2019
  • Successful Transition to Employment After High School - May 4, 2019 

Copyright © 2018 - 2019 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. 


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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