Southeast Texas Works! Podcast News
Our Podcast episodes continue to grow as we engage with business leaders,
education and training professionals, and elected officials throughout Southeast
Texas. Each Southeast Texas Works! podcast is designed to share pertinent information
with the audience about initiatives, programs, and offerings which enhance workforce
development and local communities.
In September, we released two informative Podcast episodes:
LiftFund - Helping Diverse Entrepreneurs, Closing the Small Business Finance Gap:
Ana Pereda and Francisco Gonzalez of LiftFund talk about funding options for
entrepreneurs who wish to start their own business. Pereda, a former Southeast
Texas Workforce board member, is currently a Business Advisor for LiftFund. Gonzalez,
who works in San Antonio, Texas, is a Lending Officer with over 15 years' experience
in helping small businesses become 'bankable'.
LiftFund is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that supports small
business owners with limited access to capital with emphasis on underserved entrepreneurs.
Contact Information - LiftFund: 210-503-2764,
Lamar State College Port Arthur - Helping Students Develop Job-Ready Skills: Dr. Melissa
Armentor, Dean, Technical Programs, and Dr. Ben Stafford, vice president, Workforce and
Continuing Education, from Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) talk about the college's
new craft skills training facility, CDL training facility, and the Excelencia Center,
focusing on support for Hispanic and 'first generation' students. Stafford explains how
LSCPA is slated to become the largest truck driving certification site in Texas. He also
shares some history of how Lamar State College Port Arthur was founded to support the
petrochemical industry. Contact Information - LSCPA (409) 983-4921,
Look for upcoming informative and insightful episodes which are scheduled for release
in October, including Region 5 Education Service Center with guest Maris Peno, Program
Coordinator, Career & Technical Education. We will also feature President, Dr. Tom
Johnson and Dr. Wendy Elmore, Provost and Executive VP for Academic and Student Affairs,
with Lamar State College Orange.
All podcast episodes are available HERE and by subscription to Apple, Google, Spotify,
and Stitcher podcast providers.