Annual Report: Workforce

AACOG’s nonprofit branch, the Alamo Area Development Corporation (AADC), contracted through Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA), provides employment services and workforce assistance in the eleven rural counties of the Alamo Region. AADC leases employees from AACOG to provide these services and operate the WSA Career Centers for the eleven rural counties. In 2013, over 96,000 job seekers and 5,356 employers received workforce assistance in the rural communities. The goal is critical – improve the regional economy through workforce development.

Workforce Services enhances the lives of all residents by strengthening partnerships and meeting the challenges of improving the regional workforce. An important element in the success of the Workforce Services is building positive relationships with area employers. 2013 saw the growth and addition of many employers within the counties. Amazon announced the opening of a 1.26 million-square foot distribution warehouse slated to open in October 2013. The Workforce Solutions Alamo – New Braunfels partnered with Amazon to recruit and hire over 300 employees. Workforce Solutions Alamo-Kerrville, The City of Kerrville, and Alamo Colleges each individually offered Fox Tank, a local company involved in supplying tanks and other equipment to the Eagle Ford Shale project, grant dollars, on-the-job training dollars and in-class training for individuals being hired at Fox Tank. Although each entity has their own programs, they collectively are putting dollars behind targeted demand occupations and full time employment.

Workforce partnered with Junior Achievement of South Texas and A-Team (Alliance for Technology Education in Advanced Manufacturing) for the Summer Youth Program. The A-Team is a five session program designed to center on career exploration and job skill development which includes four tours of advanced manufacturing facilities and the implementation of the Junior Achievement Success Skills program which helps youth develop many of the soft skills needed for the workforce. The youth toured area companies such as; Caterpillar, Cox Manufacturing, Mission Pharmaceutical and James Avery.

Summer Youth from Kerrville tour Caterpillar Plant in Seguin