Texas Workforce Commission Updates

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Texas Workforce Commission Newsroom
Top Stories – July 2018


TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar

After Near Decade of Leadership, 20 Years of Public Service, TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar Retires from State Service

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar has retired from state service effective July 31. Under Chairman Alcantar’s guidance, the Texas Legislature increasingly entrusted TWC with programs and responsibilities that expanded the agency’s reach. TWC successfully transitioned the Adult Education and Literacy program in 2013, and the Vocational Rehabilitation programs serving individuals with disabilities in 2015 almost doubling the agency’s size.

“The last 10 years of service to the people of Texas through the Workforce Commission has been the highest honor and privilege of my professional life,” Alcantar said. He added, “I am sincerely grateful to my fellow Commissioners and thank the Governor for the opportunity to serve our great state in this capacity. We have accomplished a great deal and I am proud of the positive difference we have made for Texas employers and our world class Texas workforce.”


TWC Chair Ruth Ruggero Hughs

Governor Abbott Names Ruth Ruggero Hughs Chair of Texas Workforce Commission

Gov. Greg Abbott has named Ruth Ruggero Hughs Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission. Hughs has served as TWC Commissioner Representing Employers on the three-member Commission since being appointed by the Governor in July 2015. In addition to serving as TWC Chair, Commissioner Hughs will continue to advocate for the over 500,000 Texas employers and ensure that employers’ concerns are considered in all commission actions. She is dedicated to supporting education and training that promotes a competitive workforce offering Texans meaningful employment.

“I am honored to serve as Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission,” said Chair Hughs. “I will continue to support employers and jobseekers in a nation-leading workforce system that provides value to all Texans.”


Texas Workforce Commission to Modernize WorkInTexas.com

Texas Workforce Commission to Modernize WorkInTexas.com

TWC has selected Geographic Solutions to modernize and significantly enhance WorkInTexas.com, the free job-matching website TWC administers for Texas’ workforce system. The new WorkInTexas.com website will have a user-friendly mobile design, offer modern communications capabilities, and increased access to jobs and workforce talent. The site will also enable Texas Workforce Solutions to significantly enhance service delivery, offering employers and job seekers another reason to connect with their local workforce development boards.


TWC Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs at Texas Rural Challenge

TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs Moderates Panel on ‘Closing the Digital Divide’ at Texas Rural Challenge 

TWC Chair & Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs helped moderate a panel on “Technology Adoption: Closing the Digital Divide,” at the 9th annual Texas Rural Challenge in New Braunfels. The event focused on trending themes among today’s rural communities including technology, trade and regionalism. The conference is aimed at providing the necessary tools to put ideas into practice, and offers valuable opportunities for communities to connect with resources to spur job creation, expand small businesses and fuel their local economies.


Commissioner Alvarez prepares for the first Registered Apprenticeship signing for Unmanned Aerial Systems

TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez Takes Part in Historic Registered Apprenticeship Signing to Train Civilian Drone Pilots

TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez took part in the first Registered Apprenticeship signing for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. The new program is geared towards veterans, and will offer training through Dallas County Community College for the nation’s first crop of professional standardized UAS drone operators for government and commercial industries.

“Registered Apprenticeship is a proven method of training that today is being expanded to drones and the systems to support that technology — it’s historic for the State of Texas,” said Commissioner Alvarez.


TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs, Texas Transition Alliance, Meet with Military Stakeholders at Dyess AFB to Support Transitioning Service Members

TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs, Texas Transition Alliance, Meet with Military Stakeholders at Dyess AFB to Support Transitioning Service Members

In support of Texas veterans and their families, the Texas Transition Alliance met with key stakeholders at Dyess Air Force Base, near Abiline. Led by TWC Chair & Employer Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs, partners from state, local and military entities met to review and enhance opportunities for military members who have intent to reside in Texas upon separation.

“Our goal for the alliance is to combine best practices across the state from our regional and state partners to identify gaps in services to our Texas veterans,” said Chair Hughs.


TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez, WFS Borderplex COO Leila Melendez, Lead Panel Discussion on Innovation in Workforce Development

TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez, WFS Borderplex COO Leila Melendez, Lead Panel Discussion on ‘Innovation in Workforce Development’ at CompTIA Partner Summit in Washington

TWC Labor Commissioner Julian Alvarez and Workforce Solutions Borderplex COO Leila Melendez, led a panel discussion at the CompTIA Partner Summit in Washington, D.C., around the innovative approaches by the State of Texas to build skills levels to fill open tech jobs. The panel shared inspirational stories of how they have helped solve long-standing workforce and economic development issues and create opportunities for individuals and employers.


Skills Development Fund Grant - Austin Community College

Manufacturing Consortium Partners with Austin Community College for $312,956 Job-Training Grant

NXP USA Inc. has partnered with Austin Community College (ACC) to provide job training using a $312,956 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Capital Area.


TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez presents a $50,000 Texas Industry Partnership grant check to representatives from Workforce Solutions Cameron

Workforce Solutions Cameron Partners With Cameron County Education Initiative to Support Texas Industry Partnership Initiative

Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. and Workforce Solutions Cameron have partnered to establish a pre-apprenticeship construction program in Cameron County. The program is part of the Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) initiative and will help up to 25 eligible participants gain skills in use of basic hand and power tools, trades math and blueprints. Some participants also will receive certification in first aid and forklift driving. This customized training is made possible using a $50,000 TIP grant from the Texas Workforce Commission and leveraged matching funds of $50,000 from Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Cameron area.


Co-Location of Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services Continues Across the State

Co-Location of Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services Continues Across the State

TWC continues to integrate its vocational rehabilitation (VR) staff into co-located space in the state’s local workforce development boards and Workforce Solutions offices. The effort is part of the transition of services from the former Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to TWC. In July, VR team members in Weslaco, Brownwood and Graham, integrated VR services with workforce development and employment services provided by each board area.


Texas Labor Market Highlights for June 2018

Texas Labor Market Highlights for June 2018

The Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June, which marked 24 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 359,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 26,400 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, down slightly from May 2018.



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