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Workforce Solutions Offers Military Spouses, Transitional Soldiers Free Tuition for National Certification Programs

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), in partnership with Fort Bliss and the Texas and El Paso Apartment Associations, announced a new program, exclusively offer military spouses and transitioning soldiers.

According to a news release on Monday, WSB’s new partnership will allow eligible participants to earn their certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) or their National Apartment Leasing Professional certification (NALP) free of charge to eligible candidates.

WSB is offering military spouses and transitioning soldiers the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications that will enable them to acquire coveted positions within the apartment management/building maintenance professions with more ease, in professions that offer great compensation and flexibility.

Eligible program candidates would be able to earn their nationally recognized certifications, at no cost courtesy of WSB, and these candidates will also be eligible for childcare services (first come, first serve), as well as the ability to meet employers ready to hire newly certified professionals.

Neci Hamilton, a graduate of the NALP program, and now a Property Manager for Creekside Apartment Homes in Fort Worth explained that “the hardest thing for a transitioning military service member is not knowing how the skills they acquired in the military translate to those needed in the civilian world.”

Neci shared that, from her personal experience, she did not realize how much her military background would influence how well she performs in her current role as a Property Manager.

“There are so many skills that military personnel possess that are in high demand within the apartment industry. We naturally fit within this industry because we adapt well and we understand the importance of teamwork and structure.”

The National Apartment Leasing Professional Certification (NALP) is a 4-week program that can potentially lead to roles in apartment complex management or commercial leasing.

The Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) program is a 6-week program that can lead to roles in building maintenance. These exciting certification programs are also meaningful in that they provide transitioning soldiers with an opportunity to acquire a profession that will provide a more seamless transition out of service.

Ms. Hamilton shared that from an employer viewpoint “it’s difficult to find great people to fill positions in our industry” and most of the time, new candidates require specific skill training upon hire. The in-depth training from the NALP and CAMT certification programs will provide candidates with hands-on experience that they can put to use their first day of employment.

For more information about the CAMT and NALP certification programs, please contact Martha Loya at (915) 887-2051.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex Wins Big at CompTIAPartner Summit

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) was recognized at the 2018 Annual CompTIA Partner Summit for excellence in IT Workforce Innovation in its dynamic CompTIA Cyber-Security Technology Certification program.

The annual CompTIA Partner Summit recognizes various corporate and educational partners from around the globe for their tremendous work and contributions in providing unique upskilling opportunities for youth and adults. Leila Melendez, Chief Operating Officer for WSB, accepted this prestigious honor on behalf of WSB.

The award recognized the organization for their innovative efforts in building a public private partnership with the support of WSB’s most generous partner, Wells Fargo, to fund the CompTIA Cyber-Security Technology Certification program. The program also received matching funds through the Texas Industry Partnership grant.

The first of its kind offered in the Borderplex region, the CompTIA Cyber-Security Technology Certification program challenged veterans and transitioning soldiers to complete an intense, customized 12-week training program that would prepare them to earn the five highly-coveted, IT-recognized certifications in IT fundamentals, A+, Network+, Security+, and CSA+.

“Wells Fargo recognizes and appreciates these veterans’ qualities and what they bring to the workforce. We could not be prouder to support WBS and this specific program, helping veterans and transitioning soldiers work towards achieving their dreams in the civilian world,” said Region Bank President for Wells Fargo in South Texas & El Paso, Alma Ortega-Johnson. “This opportunity also serves as a remarkable pipeline of talent that will hopefully help us reach our goal of 20,000 veteran team members by 2020.”

As cybersecurity becomes a greater focus at the state, federal and international levels of government, and with the Texas Cybersecurity Act becoming public law in 2017, the value of a CompTIA certificate has become an instrumental tool for IT experts.

Twenty-eight of the thirty program graduates earned all (5) of the highly-coveted IT cybersecurity certifications; each program participant has been job placed; and the overall group has an average starting salary of $55,000.

For more information about CompTIA Cyber-Security Technology Certification program, please contact Romie Ruiz at (915) 887-2221.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex to Represent Region at Department of Labor Cohort

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), along with its team of local partners, was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s Integrated Business Services Cohort.

The national cohort will be made up of a diverse group of nine teams that represent states, local areas and regions.

“Our organization is elated to get to participate in this exercise for best business practices and being selected for the cohort says a lot about our team,” said Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex.  “We look forward to identifying solutions and finding opportunities for collaboration and idea-sharing with other boards like ours.”

Via a news release, WSB officials share that “the goal of this cohort is to find best practices for aligning business, workforce development and education to better meet businesses’ talent needs.”

WSB is the only Cohort Member selected from Texas.  The other Cohort Members representing states are Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Michigan.  The other Cohort Members representing cities and regions like WSB are Ohio (Area 6), Virginia (Shenandoah Valley), and Washington (Snohomish).

The local WSB team is comprised of representatives from Workforce Solutions Borderplex, the Borderplex Alliance, SISD’s Career and Technical Education program, and the Far West Adult Education and Literacy Consortium.

The El Paso team will have the opportunity to learn from peers and business services experts from across the country and will also be able to greatly influence the DOL’s Education and Training Administration on policies related to business integration efforts.

The virtual cohort will begin the last week in January and end in May.

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