WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Job Brief

November 2019 ι VOLUME 10 ι ISSUE 9
Board Member
Southeast Initiates Special Project to Increase Local Talent Pool
With the approval of the workforce development board, Southeast Texas has launched the Next Step Program to focus on assisting Foster Youth to successfully enter the workforce. Foster Youth are designated as a target population and receive priority services through the workforce centers. The Odle Management Group, selected through the procurement process, will work with other entities that support Foster Youth who may have aged out of foster care and are still looking for a job. Foster Youth graduates will be able to participate in internships, On-the-Job training, and short-term classroom training, to ensure they are work-ready.

Talent Pipeline Development is also part of this Special Project for Southeast Texas and will focus on individuals participating in the Jobs for Americas Graduates (JAG) initiative and other job seekers with long-term unemployment. "With the reimbursement for On-the-Job Training (OJT), we will help to reduce the training costs associated with new employees up to 50 percent", stated Marilyn Smith. "We can effectively 'grow our own' skilled, competitive workforce in Southeast Texas, through partnership with business and industry."

The discretionary employment and training projects have been made possible through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) statewide alternative funding allocated to the workforce board. The project is expected to operate through June 2020. As funds are limited, we encourage interested employers to contact Matthew Whisenhant, worksite coordinator, at 409-951-4119. For additional information regarding Next Step Program, please contact Anitra Smith, operations supervisor, 409-719-4762.

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