JobBRIEF June 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 5
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Local Company Receives $469,914 Skills Training Grant

ARLANEXO Performance Elastomers (formerly Lanxess) in Orange, Texas, is the recipient of a $469,914 skills development fund (SDF) training grant. The company, along with its training partner and fund administrator, Lamar State College-Orange (LSC-O), has begun a customized training program to upgrade the skills level for 219 non-retiring, incumbent workers and new employees. On completion of the training for the skills upgrade, it is estimated workers will receive averages wages of $46.89 per hour.


Workforce and ChildCareGroup to Host 4th Annual Childcare Conference

The 4th Annual Early Care & Education Conference will be hosted by the Workforce Solutions Board and ChildCareGroup, Inc., the board’s childcare contractor, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The event will be held at the Region 5 Education Service Center in Edison Plaza, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. This year's theme, "A Better Tomorrow Begins Today", will feature a keynote address by Derek Clark. Clark, the author of several books, will share his very personal story of abandonment as a child and eventual success, through love and support.


Three Things You Need to Know

1. Keep Your Company’s Policy Handbook Up to Date

2. Apprenticeship – One Possible Answer to Fill those Middle Skills Jobs

3. Top Ten Occupational Categories in Southeast Texas


Workforce Welcomes New Board member
The Workforce Solutions Board welcomed new member, Burnie Burnistine, during the June 2017 meeting. Burnistine is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Texas.

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Latest Labor Market Stats
In May 2017, Southeast Texas unemployment rate reported a slight decline to 7.0 percent, down from 7.4 percent in April.


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