Job Brief

December 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 11
Workforce Board Initiates Strategic Planning Efforts
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas board members initiated the first steps of Strategic Planning process during the December 8th 2020 meeting with a presentation from the chief strategist, Stan Odenthal, The Odenthal Group LLC. Each workforce board is required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to develop a comprehensive plan identifying local workforce activities and goals to support sustained economic growth of the region and economic self-sufficiency of individuals in the community.

As a preliminary to the session, Board members answered survey questions provided by The Odenthal Group. Several areas were identified as critical to workforce development in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties:
  • Improve the development, implementation, and delivery of workforce services to employers and businesses
  • Ensure alignment between secondary education, postsecondary education, and industry to provide our workforce area with a pipeline of quality future workers
  • Ensure all existing resources are invested wisely and are efficiently expended; and generate new resources to support mission and goals
Other goals identified include system alignment, program performance improvement and strengthening relationships with industry, business, and education to effectively leverage resources.

Key stakeholders for all Southeast Texas industries have been identified and invited to attend virtual planning sessions facilitated by The Odenthal Group in early January 2021 to help further define the board's 2021-2024 strategic plan. Industries identified include petrochemical and manufacturing, healthcare and medical, education and training, and business (retail, restaurants, entertainment, and financial institutions).

"We invite our local business and industry leaders to join our planning sessions, provide valuable local wisdom and help shape Southeast Texas' approach to sustained economic recovery and effective workforce development", stated Marilyn Smith, executive director.

Please contact our Business Solutions representatives at for planning session participation. Group sizes are limited.

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