Texas Workforce Commission Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar will retire from state service effective July 31.
“The last ten 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. “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.”
Alcantar’s appointment came in 2008 from former Governor Rick Perry. In his role, Alcantar’s focus was on local control in delivering industry-aligned solutions to advance local economic priorities. Alcantar worked to implement customized services and promoted industry-based partnerships to meet the needs of Texas’ vast array of industries. This effort also advanced the development of a strong competitive workforce.
Under 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. The same can be said for the Vocational Rehabilitation programs serving individuals with disabilities in 2015. Alcantar also worked to help identify gaps in services to Texas veterans. He advanced strategies to both enhance their education and employment opportunities. He aided in developing solutions to ensure a seamless and accelerated transition for veterans back into the Texas workforce.