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Local College, ISDs Part of $10.3-Million TWC Grants

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The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded 41 grants totaling $10,379,293 to multiple public community colleges, public technical institutes, public state college and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans grant program. Locally, recipients include South Texas College as well as Brownsville, Harlingen, La Joya and South Texas ISDs. The JET grant program focuses on projects that develop training programs to…

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TSC, SteelCoast Company Receive Job-Training Grant


The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Texas Southmost College and their partner SteelCoast Company LLC a $283,325 Skills Development Fund grant. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Cameron area. This grant will help create 170 new jobs while providing upskilling for an additional 80 workers. This grant will provide customized training such as ESL training, craft skills training including rigging and forklift, safety and health care training, and…

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TWC Approves $2.45 Billion To Aid Child Care Providers

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The Texas Workforce Commission recently approved $2.45 billion in direct support for the Texas child care industry. Providers may use these funds in a variety of ways to support their program’s operating costs. These are one-time funds available through federal child care stimulus dollars. The funds intend to help child care providers address the impacts of COVID. Awarding of funds will go to regulated child care centers and homes beginning…

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TSC Helps Those In Need With Career Training

TSC receives its first Self Sufficiency Fund Grant by the TWC during a recent ceremony at the TSC ITEC Center. Pictured are TSC Board of Trustee Alejandra Aldrete, TSC Board of Trustee and past Board Chair Adela Garza, TWC Director for Outreach and Employer Initiatives Mary York, and TSC President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez. (photo TSC)

Families facing financial hardships can now access required construction trade skills training for employment at Texas Southmost College. Funding for the training comes from the Texas Workforce Commission via a $351,794 Self Sufficiency Fund Grant. The grant will help provide training in welding, plumbing, insulation, scaffolding, forklift driving and electrical work. The grant, the first of its kind for TSC, will allow the college to provide training to adult Temporary…

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TWC Assists With Child Care

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The Texas Workforce Commission is now providing extra help to the service industry. TWC is providing 12 months of free child care to low-income parents who are also employees in this industry. TWC has an existing child care subsidy program to assist low-wage workers in paying for the cost of child care. The new Service Industry Recovery program will use federal funds to provide an extra focus on service industry…

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Labor Market Steadily Rebounding


The Texas Workforce Commission recently released the August Labor Market and Employment reports. The seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percent to 5.2 percent. Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 percent to 5.9 percent. According to Aaron Gonzalez with Workforce Solutions, “The August unemployment rates had significant changes across the region with Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties reflecting decreases of 1.1 percent, 1.9 percent 1.4 percent,…

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TWC Grant Provides RGV Students New Opportunities

TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez, center, awards VIDA and its students a $350,000 state grant.

A year ago, Delyssa Gonzalez was working as a home health provider in Brownsville. At the time, employment opportunities looked to be limited. Where Gonzalez is at the present time – training to be an electrician – is unimaginable compared to where she was. It’s a story she told in brief form in front of a crowd recently at the administrative offices of the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement.…

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STC Receives $287,500 Job-Training Grant

Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez III presents South Texas College with a Skills Development Fund grant to keep local, regional and state economies moving forward.

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded South Texas College a $287,500 Skills Development Fund grant. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley area. “Skills Development Fund Grants are a key tool we use to make sure Texans have the skills to be competitive,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “This grant will allow South Texas College to train local workers and ensure our labor force remains among the…

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TSC Gives Local Students STEM Super Powers

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Texas Southmost College is the recipient of $100,000 from the Texas Workforce Commission to host a summer youth camp, STEM Superheroes. The free, virtual three-track camp is for Valley students in grades 9-12 and will begin this month.  “The purpose of these camps is to promote high-skill, high-demand jobs in STEM fields,” said TSC Dean of STEM and Career Technology Education Murad Abusalim. “Each student will have the chance to…

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TWC Ends COVID-19 Related Work Refusal Guidance

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Following the continued economic recovery in Texas and the announcement of Texas opting out of certain Federal Pandemic Unemployment benefits, the Texas Workforce Commission is ending job refusal guidance associated with the COVID-19 emergency orders. The guidance for individuals at high risk from COVID-19 were put in place a year ago. The decline in COVID cases in Texas, widespread availability of vaccines, and greater availability of services such as child…

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