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Workforce Solutions Borderplex seeking employers for SISD JobCon in February

Officials with Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) are actively seeking businesses to take part in the upcoming JobCon scheduled for Eastlake High School in Socorro Independent School District (SISD) next month.

Officials estimate that 2000 students will come together on Wednesday,February 12, for a day of career exploration and engagement with local businesses

Workforce Solutions Borderplex, in partnership with SISD, is hosting the JobCon to captivate and educate high school students about target industries and the high-demand careers in their area of the Borderplex region.

“At past JobCon events, students visited one-on-one with employers located in the Borderplex region, in a fun, collaborative setting,” WSB officials shared via a news release.

Companies who are interested in taking part in the SISD JobCon event must bring an engaging interactive exhibit where students can get hands-on experience in that industry.   The event offers employers the opportunity to not only display their services, but also the highlights of their industry to the future workforce.

“The JobCon Series was developed to captivate the interest and educate high school students in the Borderplex region about the high-demand careers that are available in their community,” WSB officials added. “Students will leave this event knowledgeable about the diverse range of career opportunities available in their area, as well as the skills needed to acquire these jobs.”

The deadline for businesses to register to take part in the SISD JobCon is Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

For more information on how to take part in the SISD JobCon, interested businesses can contact the Business Services Unit at 915-887-2332 or at

New Year Registration begins for Free Adult Education Courses, Certifications

Next week, the Far West Adult Education Consortium, comprised of three local school districts, will hold registration and orientation for various adult education resources. 

As partners of Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), the El Paso, Socorro, and Ysleta Independent School Districts will provide free programming for adults seeking education in a variety of subjects and levels including: Citizenship, English, Computer Maintenance, Office Administration, CDL, Office Administration, Dental Assistance, Early Childhood Education, and several more.

Adults will also be offered an opportunity to register for GED preparation in English or Spanish.  Programs will vary for each location, so the public is encouraged to call for specific details.

All services are free, and all participants must provide a valid, government-issued photo ID and Social Security Card to complete registration.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age or older, with exceptions considered on a per-case basis.

Registration and orientation for each district are scheduled as follows:

El Paso Independent School District

Date:                                      January 7th and 8th (Both days are required.)
Time:                                       8am
Location:                               San Jacinto Adult Learning Center  |  1216 Olive Street

Program Information:          (915) 230-3200 /

Socorro Independent School District

Date:                                      January 7th-9th and 13th

Time:                                       9am

Location:                               Community Education  |  12380 Pine Springs Drive

Program Information:          (915) 937-1700 /

Ysleta Independent School District

Date:                                      January 6th

Time:                                       9am, 1pm, 5pm

Location:                               Ysleta Community Learning Center  |  121 Padres Drive

Program Information:          (915) 434-9400 /  

WSB announces unique summer work opportunity for course instructors

Officials with Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) are looking for quotes from instructors in home-based entrepreneurship, Industry-Specific Conversational Spanish, and Financial Health course instructors for a unique summer work opportunity.

WSB is seeking quotes from on-call, summer, part-time, adjunct instructors to provide a range of short-term courses in Financial Health, Home-Based Entrepreneurship and Industry-Specific Technical Spanish Courses, to a diverse range of students including adult job seekers, college students, military spouses, etc.

“One of WSB’s main roles in the Borderplex region is to provide job seekers with the necessary skillsets to help them be successful in their job or career search and eliminate barriers to employment,” WSB officials shared.

“WSB wants unemployed adults, students, military spouses, and others to recognize they can have an impact on the community economically by circumventing traditional roadblocks such as work scheduling, childcare, and elderly caregiving costs. These three topic areas are very relevant and marketable skills that will help job seekers be competitive, especially in the Borderplex region.”

Course instructors interested in submitting a quote for services to take part in this unique summer work opportunity, should log onto the WSB website, then view under Informal Requests, to view the position’s specifications/scope to learn more about the services WSB is seeking.

Quotes are due no later than May 17, 2019 by 2:00 p.m. MST via the e-mail address listed in the RFQ documentation.  A W-9 should be included.

For more information about the (3) Requests for Quotes, please contact Alondra McDuffie at

WSB Selected for ‘Community of Practice’ Pilot Supported by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) is proud to announce that their organization has been selected to serve as a mentor Workforce Board to head a Community of Practice – family-centered employment pilot project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Jamai Blivin, CEO of Innovate + Educate, explained that “the goal of this grant is to develop multiple ways for workforce development boards to incorporate family-centered employment strategies in their day-to-day operations. It is critical that families have resources while learning and working to ensure their success.”

Innovate+Educate (I+E) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) announced that 3 three pilot Workforce Development Boards – Maricopa County, Workforce Solutions Borderplex (El Paso) and Montgomery County – will work with twelve nationwide workforce boards, launching the third year of a W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) grant.

WSB will work in tandem with the 2 other pilot workforce board sites on creating scalable strategies for Workforce Boards to engage families in their efforts around training and employment success, including integrating family centered strategies with traditional WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) plans.

The 3 pilot sites will mentor and inform the Community of Practice and will participate in meetings, resource sharing, and tool kit development as outcomes to the grant with the twelve nationwide workforce boards who were selected for the project.

The Borderplex Child Care team will be presenting their findings and best practices at the 2019 NAWB Forum as well.

For more information about the Community of Practice initiative, please contact Marisela Correa at

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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