Workforce Update - September 2019
Board Officers
Candy Van Sant, Chair

Roger Harris, Vice Chair
North Central Texas

Martin Aguirre, Secretary
South Plains
Frank Almaraz, Treasurer
Lower Rio Grande  
TASA/TASB Convention
If Texas is to achieve the goals of the Texas 60x30 plan, it is imperative for local school boards and workforce development boards to work together. That was the overriding message delivered by local workforce development board members to a group of public education leaders at the annual convention of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) September 20 in Dallas.

The panel discussion, titled "Best Practices in Workforce Development/Public Education Collaboration," featured Texoma Workforce Board Member Mark Anderson, West Central Texas Board Member Samuel Garcia, Alamo Workforce Board Member Melissa Sadler-Nitu and TAWB Executive Director Greg Vaughn. 
The panelists provided an overview of the roles of local workforce boards, insight into key workforce development/education issues, and an examples of proven and potential successful education/workforce collaborations.  

TASA and TASB collaborate to produce this annual event for school board members, superintendents, and other school leaders that improves governance and leadership in Texas public schools and enhances statewide support for public education.
Latest News
To see all the latest news posted on the TAWB website, click here.

Statewide listening tour prompts customized new features to be showcased in upcoming statewide outreach campaign.

On Thursday, the Senate passed H.R. 4378, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019, by a vote of 82 - 15.

The programs are part of local and statewide efforts to expand the pipeline of tech talent and prepare students for jobs of the future.

Economy Adds 18,200 Jobs in August.

In the coming years, we will have many more partnerships and more innovation occurring in public schools across Texas.

The Texas economy relies heavily on temporary work visas, like H-1Bs, to hire highly trained, highly skilled employees from abroad. But H-1Bs have been subject to tougher scrutiny, with denial rates on the uptick.

Making such public investments is growing more critical than ever. But our public investment in skills hasn't even come close to meeting workers needs or business demand, let alone achieving parity with the investment of other industrialized countries.

Lee College Receives $148,670 Jobs and Education for Texans Grant
The grant will help the district purchase and install a simulation system to provide students with training for careers in truck driving.

The grant will be used to provide customized training to 378 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused training that includes nursing, hospital and palatable care, and wound care.

Mr. Serna has dedicated over three decades to public service and to helping people.

Gov. Greg Abbott has named Bryan Daniel Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the agency announced today. Gov. Abbott has also appointed Aaron S. Demerson as TWC's new Commissioner Representing Employers.

Workforce Development Resources
A few of the recent additions to the TAWB website include:

One of the first products from the National Council for the American Worker Advisory Board.

Relevant to CTE, the report found that Americans value various postsecondary educational pathways. More than eight in ten respondents felt comfortable with their child choosing an apprenticeship, technical degree/certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree.

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies published its first 2019 State of the Workforce Report, which highlighted each state's labor market data and profile, and drew attention to exemplary programs states use to help their workforces.

Every person and every worker deserves a fair shot at achieving economic stability and success, yet Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native, and certain Asian American workers face wide racial inequities in educational attainment, employment, and income. In a new report, National Skills Coalition explores these racial and ethnic disparities in educational attainment and access; systemic barriers to equitable workforce training and quality employment; and why advancing equity is an economic and moral imperative.

Perkins V represents an important opportunity to expand opportunities for every student to explore, choose, and follow career and technical education programs of study and career pathways to earn credentials of value. As states and local communities embark on the development of new plans for CTE, the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) has developed a site that includes videos, resources, links, and media that can be useful tools for states and local recipients in "rethinking CTE" and arriving at bold goals under the newly-authorized Perkins V statute.

TAWB Partners Spotlight
C2 Global Professional Services was founded to offer a viable, and now successfully proven, alternative to what is available in terms of service providers. We look for Workforce Investment Board partners to commit to working beyond workforce dogma to improve communities, invest in staff development to achieve exceptional customer service and invest in innovation and technology to improve the system.

Grant Associates is a national, award-winning workforce development company. Since opening our doors in 1997, we have collaborated with government agencies to develop workforce programs and solutions that create the opportunities that advance job seekers, businesses and local economies, all with exceptional results. At Grant Associates, we know every community's workforce needs are unique. With proven models and in active partnership with government, Grant Associates' mission is to tailor solutions that build workforce capacity, proving over the past two decades that our approach helps a community reach its true potential.

At MAXIMUS, we are dedicated to growing thriving, vital communities characterized by high levels of employment, family self-sufficiency, and wage and skills growth. Across the nation and around the world, we serve as a trusted partner to all stakeholders - from state and local governments through community organizations to employers and job seekers - to advance economic development and financial independence through employment. Our holistic approach is person-centric, industry-sector focused, and committed to making a meaningful difference for the communities in which we live and work.

MIP FUND ACCOUNTING by Community Brands is a robust, true fund accounting solution built specifically to serve the needs of nonprofit and government organizations. Unprecedented ease-of-use, data integrity, speed & scalability along with a fully integrated suite of modules is why Workforce Boards across TX reply MIP Fund Accounting: MIP enables nonprofits to meet almost any financial management & reporting requirement and is the Gold Standard for fund accounting...based on 30 years of industry insight with technology know-how, now serving more than 6,000 customers. We are proud to announce Gazelle, and Single-Tenant/Private Cloud Hosting are now part of the MIP family of integrated products and available directly from MIP! Contact us for more information. Michael Miller, or (561) 899-0717.

ResCare Workforce Services   is the nation's most comprehensive provider of services and solutions designed to help put people to work. Our combination of career center operations, Job Corps centers, schools, business services and family support functions are the largest private collection of workforce solutions in the United States. With more than 350 ResCare-managed operations throughout the nation, our team of workforce professionals use the industry's best practices to assist approximately 1 million job seekers and thousands of employers annually to help reduce poverty, crime and unemployment in the communities we serve. 

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