Healthcare is one of the largest industry sectors in the City of Seguin and the San Antonio region, with a vast number of establishments employing over 164,000 professionals in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area. This cluster makes up a significant amount of our employment, and continues to grow.
That's great news when it comes to economic development and job creation, but it also presents an enormous challenge for our local healthcare employers. Where are they going to find the talented professionals to support their current and future workforce needs?
In order to address our regional healthcare workforce needs, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the Seguin Chamber of Commerce, and the Alamo Colleges-Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) partnered to host the Talent Pipeline Project-Healthcare Workforce Summit. On March 9th from 11 AM to 1 PM, nearly 30 representatives from the healthcare and education sectors came to discuss our regional workforce needs and see how we can work together to build a stronger employee pipeline within the region. In addition to the discussion on workforce, the event also provided attendees with information on grant opportunities available through the Texas Workforce Commission.
"We were very pleased with the turnout and level of engagement that we had at the Healthcare Workforce Summit held on March 9th. Representatives from Healthcare and Education industries had a very productive discussion that lasted over an hour. Members of the healthcare industry elaborated on the different skillsets and certifications that they seek in a prospective work, while representatives from our local school districts provided information on the healthcare related CTE programs that are currently in place. The summit was perfect forum to bring the two industries together so that we can improve collaboration with the ultimate goal of creating a stronger talent pipeline within our region," said Economic Development Director, Josh Schneuker.
Today, the strength of the American economy faces great challenges. The skills gap is hindering the growth and competitiveness of our healthcare sector, and shortcomings in our education and workforce development systems continue to widen the gap. With a growing number of students who are struggling to manage their transition to employment and businesses that are desperate for new workers, employers and our education systems can and must lead the way to stem the tide and close the skills gap. The time to act is now.
The healthcare workforce summit was an important first step in examining the need for a demand-driven system. The SEDC, Seguin Chamber of Commerce, the CTTC and our representatives from the healthcare and education sectors will continue to work together and move to the next step in building a stronger workforce by collectively addressing the common skills that employers need. The success of these initiatives will play a critical role in the development of a talent pipeline to support the future healthcare workforce needs in Seguin, Texas.