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Job Fair for Former Felons
Jesús Peña had a very tough time looking for a job. No one would hire him. However, many people like Peña, who were convicted of a felony, eventually found a job.
For those convicted of a felony it can be very challenging to get a job once they're out of jail. But some employers who hire them say they're actually their best employees. It ends up being a win-win for both the employee and the employer.
Peña now works at a septic tank collection business in Brownsville. He says it's a dirty job, but the grimes of the job is way better than his past.
MCALLEN, RGV – An absorbing conversation took place at a Texas Workforce Commission Regional Stakeholders Meeting about whether too much emphasis has been placed on getting students to take four-year degree programs, rather than learn technical skills.
As in the past, the catalyst for the discussion was Pat Hobbs, executive director of Workforce Solution Cameron. After listening to the remarks of local industry leaders and educators whose job it is to align courses with the needs of the workplace, Hobbs said he was where things appear to be headed.
“I am sitting here really heartened by the fact the world has finally come full circle.
BROWNSVILLE, TX - It’s a $2.2 million investment expected to bring nearly $7.7 million annually as an economic impact for the Brownsville Region.
This April, Greyhound begins retrofitting a facility at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. The company expects 70 new jobs created in Brownsville with the announcement. The project has been in the works since 2016 between Greyhound Lines, Inc and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation.Greyhound plans to open a refurbishing and final assembly operation in Brownsville.
WESLACO, RGV – A tour of the Rio Grande Valley, stretching over three days, has just finished for five site selectors from Germany.
The selectors specialize in helping European manufacturing companies expand into North America and they were given their first tour of the Valley, comprising 21 different stops, by Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC).
As well as seeing what the Valley has to offer, the tour allowed the site selectors to build relationships with Valley leaders in the sectors of international trade, economic development and higher education. According to Stefan Aengenheyster, director of European Affairs for the European American Investment Council (EAIC), the site selectors were suitably impressed.
AUSTIN – Vermillion Restaurant and Watering Hole (Vermillion) received the Employer Award of Excellence for the Workforce Solutions (WFS) Cameron area at the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 21st Annual Texas Workforce Conference held Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 in Dallas. The award honors private sector employers that are actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.