March 2017 Newsletter



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To be a driving force in the area to provide employers with workforce support for the economic benefit of the communities we serve.



Northeast Texas Employment Statistics

The nine county Workforce Development Area unemployment rate for February 2017 was 5.9%, which is .1% higher than January 2017 (5.8%) and 1.0% higher than February 2016 (4.9%). 

The Workforce Solutions Northeast Employment Statistics showing labor force, employment and unemployment rate for each county is shown by clicking on the document.




Texas Internship Challenge

Texas’ Tri-Agency partners have announced the “Texas Internship Challenge,” a new statewide campaign to increase and promote internships for students in Texas.  The Texas Internship Challenge is a joint partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), who are promoting the challenge for industry and employer partners to offer paid internships; universities and colleges to promote the campaign and grant academic credit for internship opportunities; and to students to apply for and accept these internships. 

TWC, TEA and THECB encourage internship programs as a bridge for students to explore in-demand industries and occupations. Students will benefit from mentoring, career guidance, identification of marketable skills, and learn about high-demand occupations. Employers will benefit by the opportunity to explore candidates for full-time recruitment and leverage the developing skill sets and perspectives of students, while also highlighting careers in their industries.  Employers and students can visit the website,, to explore and post these internship opportunities.

Click here for more information on the Texas Internship Challenge.



Linden-Kildare Consolidated Independent School District Receives $69,986 JET Grant

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Linden-Kildare Consolidated Independent School District (Linden-Kildare CISD) a $69,986 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 60 students with training for careers in the food services profession.  “The JET program is one of several initiatives administered by TWC to help prepare workers with high-demand job skills through the development of career and technical education programs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “By partnering with Linden-Kildare CISD, we’re furthering the state’s commitment to educating and training Texas students for employment.” 

The JET program provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for the purpose of developing career and technical education courses and may include courses offering dual-credit and technical education programs. Equipment funded through JET grants must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.




Service to Employers

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas hosted the Red River Valley Human Resources Association at the Paris Workforce Center.  Mike Coffey, President of Imperative Information Group, an HR and investigative consulting firm in Ft. Worth, gave a presentation on background checks.  The information provided an in-depth look at the legality of background checks during the application process as well as what changes may be on the horizon.  Workforce Solutions staff worked to promote the event through the WorkInTexas system as well as outreach to individual employers.  The event provided essential information and was well attended.



Texas Veteran's Commission

Patricia Harris, a Veterans Employer Liaison working in the Greater Texarkana Workforce Center was recently awarded the North Texas Region Veterans Employment Representative of the Quarter award for the months of October 2016 through December 2016.  She received this distinction for participating in many activities designed to benefit the local Veterans population.  She is a member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, the Tri-State SHRM, and the Texarkana Hospitality Network.  She assisted twenty-one Veterans in obtaining employment between July and December of 2016.  She also participated in Texarkana’s first annual Stand Down event for homeless veterans, and works closely with Texarkana Federal Correctional Institution by attending quarterly events for the Veterans Specialty Reentry Program.  Due to her regional win, her name has been submitted for a state level award. 

Congratulations, Patricia!



Child Care Quality

A child care workshop was held at Paris Junior College on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  This workshop was sponsored by Paris Junior College, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas.  The 126 workshop attendees were awarded 8 hours of Continuing Education.   Attendees provided highly complementary feedback concerning the workshop. 

Lisa Murphy provided a dynamic, highly energetic and FUN day.  Attendees learned new songs and craft ideas to take back to their classrooms.  She also emphasized the need for child care givers to be proud of their profession and should be committed to creating environments that are relevant, meaningful, play-based and grounded in nurturing relationships.  



Commissioner and Chairman of Texas Workforce Commission Andres Alcantar Visits Texarkana to Discuss the 60x30TX Initiative

By 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. To help the state reach that goal, Northeast Texas must build a college-going culture. Texarkana College, in partnership with Paris Junior College, Northeast Texas Community College, and Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas hosted a region-wide 60x30TX kick-off luncheon with special guest Andres Alcantar, Commissioner and Chairman of Texas Workforce Commission, on March 23rd, 2017 to discuss the urgent work that must begin to meet 60X30TX goals.

You can read the entire 60x30TX plan here

We all have a part to play in achieving this goal—parents, students, educators, business leaders, community members. And if we succeed, we all benefit. Click here to see how you can get involved with this initiative.




Texas Economy Adds 6,700 Jobs in February

AUSTIN  - The Texas economy expanded in February with the addition of 6,700 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent in February, up slightly from 4.8 percent in January. 

“Texas employers added 222,400 jobs over the year in the diverse Texas economy,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC will continue to focus on the workforce needs of these growing industries and build partnerships that develop a world-class workforce for Texas employers.”

Read the entire press release here.







Upcoming Events

Career and Community Resources Expo - Texarkana

April 18, 2017

Board of Directors Meeting

April 26, 2017

Chief Elected Officials Meeting

April 27, 2017



Texas Labor Market Information




Labor Market Information for Northeast Texas WDA



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