The state of Texas and the federal government partner together to offer a number of resources that can provide free job training and employment services to individuals. Assistance is offered for a diverse background of residents, including the unemployed, people looking to start a new career, seniors, veterans, and others. Information on the numerous programs in Texas are below.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program, or SCSEP, provides employment services and training to qualified, low-income job seekers. A number of conditions need to be met, including applicants need to be age 55 or older. The state of Texas can assist clients in securing unsubsidized employment in the private and/or public sectors. Participants of the program will also be able to earn an income while they learn. Some employers may even provide benefits, such as limited health insurance. This will provide them with competitive job skills and it will also enhance their existing talents. This is accomplished from SCSEP by offering part-time, paid, on-the-job training assignments at government agencies and nonprofit organizations across Texas. During the training sessions, seniors will earn a minimum wage at the same time that they provide valuable community services.
The Texas Rapid Reemployment Services (RRES) program will help individuals who have used up all of their state and federal government unemployment benefits. It will connect them with a number of reemployment services to help the jobless find a new job as quickly as possible. The activities organized by RRES include an interview, orientation, assistance with setting goals and developing an individualized Employment Plan, and more. Much is this is offered at a local Workforce Solutions office.
Community action agencies receive grants as part of Skills Development. This is the state's premier job-training program. Texas will distribute cash grants to technical and community colleges as well as Workforce Centers to provide and pay for customized training programs. Inquire at a local community college if they offer this program.
Another name of this funding is the Skills Development Fund. It is a form of Pre-Employment Training for New Jobs and it was created as a pilot project. Many community and technical colleges in Texas get grants from this program and the funds are intended to help businesses train potential workers and to be sure they get the skills they need to be successful.
Texas will also focus on supporting the tens of thousands of veterans that live in the state. They provide services such as the TWC Skills for Veterans initiative. This was created in an effort to help address the unique training needs and challenges of veterans. The program is offered in partnership with employers and businesses across the state and it will pay them a supplement for training, including tuition and fees. In order to receive funding, the fees and tuition being paid will need to be for course offerings that are provided by public colleges or technical schools.
In addition to that funding, a wide variety of additional job training, employment assistance and related services are available to military members and veterans. They will also be given priority when seeking help from the state. Veterans will be provided the opportunity to search for jobs, gain skills and more. They will also receive priority service at Texas Workforce Solutions offices where they will be able to access access information on government benefits and transition assistance.
The Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP), which is also managed by TWC, will assist those veterans that are returning from Afghanistan and/or Iraq. It will help then find work and achieve successful transitions back into civilian life. Numerous specialists, many of whom are veterans themselves, also play an integral role in meeting the needs of other returning service members and veterans. They will work with clients to address their educational, employment, training, medical needs and other services.
Veterans can receive the following. Job search assistance, Assessment and planning, Pre-employment and work readiness advice, Education, Job Training, Case management, Life skills, and information and referral to additional support services.
Texas SNAP recipients can work towards long-term self-sufficiency and independence from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training program. It will help meet their work-related education and training needs. The main objective of SNAP E&T is to assist recipients and those on government benefits in obtaining employment. It may even be able to place them into local work programs and education and training activities. Using the services of a counselor at a Workforce Solutions Office can help families on government aid gain self-sufficiency.
Trade Adjustment Assistance can assist workers who are unemployed and in general adversely affected by job shifts to a foreign country or by foreign imports. Assistance is provided to eligible workers, including the unemployed, in the form of reemployment services. This includes additional training, relocation assistance, job search, and other support benefits. The components of the program include Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), Alternative/Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA/RTAA), a Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), and more for displaced and older workers.
The federal government funded WIA, or Workforce Investment Act, offers clients workforce development activities. It can help them increase skills and gain experience. It will help them with employability, retention, occupational attainment, and may even lead to increase earnings. In general, WIA will reduce welfare dependency, improve the overall quality of the workforce, and it will enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Texas economy.
The Workforce Investment Act is also targeted to meet Texas employers’ needs. It offers services tailored for the underemployed, at-risk youth, the unemployed and those who have received a notice of termination or layoff. There is also special emphasis placed on the economically disadvantaged and low income families. Rapid response is also offered and it can respond quickly to employer, worker, and community needs when a mass layoff has occurred.
Your local Workforce Solution office will also provide employer services, including some or all of the following. Employment and career counseling resources can help the unemployed and residents looking to acquire experience or a new skill. Applicant screening and referrals, Job posting and matching, assistance during a plant closing or mass layoff, and more.
Many Workforce offices in Texas offer the following as well. This will depend on the client meeting program terms.
Get information on current job listings and even referrals to companies that are hiring in your town or county. Also use the state's most comprehensive online job matching system and gain access to computerized job banks.
Most Texas centers will hold weekly professional workshops on strategies for conducting a successful job search, resume writing, and other interviewing techniques. This also can include aptitude testing. The centers are also a great place for information on available education and job training programs. Receive guidance and advice as you search for a new position or research a potential employer.
The centers will usually offer computers to clients. Individuals can use them to search for jobs, post their resume, and practice on different software applications. Counselors at the Workforce Solutions Offices in Texas are very knowledgeable and will assist you in any way they can.
Also receive information and referral to community resource partners for services such as child care, housing assistance, and transportation. Specialists offer this and more.
Many counties have multiple locations. The main center is below, but you can call for referrals or alternate locations.
Alamo Workforce board
Counties supported include Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Frio, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson
115 E. Travis, Suite 220
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: (210) 272-3260
Brazos Valley Workforce Development
Provides job programs to Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington.
3991 East 29th Street (Zip: 77802)
Bryan, Texas 77805-4128
Workforce Solutions of Cameron County
Address: 851 Old Alice Road
Brownsville, Texas 78520-4231
Helps individuals in Travis County
6505 Airport Boulevard, Suite 101E
Austin, Texas 78752
Central Texas - WDA
Regions served include the counties of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, San Saba
200 N. Main St.
Belton, Texas 76513-0450
Call - (254) 200-2000
Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend
Counties - Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio
Location of center is 5858 S Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX
Workforce Solutions Concho Valley
Counties Served: Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Reagan, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Tom Green
202 Henry O. Flipper
San Angelo, TX 76903
Dallas County region
2922 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, TX 75215
Dial (214) 421-2460 for information.
Information on job training, education, and other employment assistance is offered.
Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas
There are several offices that are part of this organization. One of them is at and they can be contacted for more details.
1241 West Church Suite 300
Livingston, Texas 77351
Counties Served: Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler
Workforce Employment Center Solutions East Texas
Counties Served: Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood
3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, Texas 75662-9604
Golden Crescent office
120 S Main St # 501
Victoria, TX 77901
Call (361) 576-5872
Assists residents of the counties including DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria
Workforce Solutions-Gulf Coast Workforce Board
Counties include Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and also Wharton.
Address: 3555 Timmons Lane
Houston, Texas 77227-2777
Telephone number is (713) 993-4524
Heart of Texas Workforce
1416 S New Rd
Counties Served: Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, McLennan
Lower Rio Grande Valley supports the counties of Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy.
3101 W. Business 83
McAllen, Texas 78501
Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande
Counties Served: Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, LaSalle, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala.
2210 Milam Street
Uvalde, Texas 78802-0760
Main number is (830) 591-0141
North Central Texas WDB
Clients come from the counties of Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Wise.
Arlington, Texas 76005-5888
Northeast Texas job center
Supports Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, and Titus County.
911 North Bishop
Wake Village, Texas 75501
Telephone number - (903) 794-9490
North Texas Workforce Development Board, Inc.
Counties Served: Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young.
Primary address: 901 Indiana, Suite 180
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
Call (940) 767-1432
Panhandle Regional Planning Commission
Counties Served: Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochilltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, and Wheeler.
415 W 8th Ave
Amarillo, TX 79101
Main number - (806) 372-3381
Workforce Solutions Permian Basin
Address is 2911 La Force Blvd.
Call (432) 563-5239
Counties served are Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler.
Rural Capital Area WDB, Inc.
Counties Served: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Williamson
2701 Gattis School Road, Bldg. B, Suite 101
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas
320 Green Ave Orange, TX 77630
Telephone: (409) 882-0302
Counties supported are Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange.
WorkSource of the South Plains
1218 14th Street
Lubbock, TX 79401-3922
Counties Served are Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Hale, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lynn, Motley, Terry, Yoakum, Garza, Lubbock
South Texas Workforce Employment Center
1701 E. Hillside Road
Laredo, TX 78044-1757
Call (956) 722 - 3973
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
Location is 1320 S University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX
Address: 2415 S Austin Ave
Denison, TX 75020
Dial (903) 463-9997
Counties - Cooke, Fannin, Grayson
Upper Rio Grande WDB
Counties supported are Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio
221 N. Kansas, Suite 1000
El Paso, Texas 79901
Call the center at (915) 772-2002
West Central Texas
Counties include Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, and Throckmorton.
Primary location is 400 Oak Street
Abilene, Texas 79602
Main number is (325) 795-4301
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