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Borderplex Alliance: 1100+ jobs headed to El Paso

On Monday, officials with he Borderplex Alliance and The City of El Paso announced that Teleperformance is opening an operations center in the Sun City.

Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso, said, “We’re grateful to Teleperformance for selecting El Paso. Since day one of my administration I’ve been focused on bringing jobs to El Paso. With near-record low unemployment in El Paso and a string of great companies headed to the region, we are proud to welcome Teleperformance.”

Teleperformance, essentially a customer call center, describes themselves as “the global leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management.”  According to their website, they operate in 80 countries worldwide.

Jon Barela, CEO, The Borderplex Alliance, said, “Economic development is competitive. It’s a victory when a company moves to our region, but when a company commits to hiring over 1,100 people in our community, there is much to celebrate.”

There was no word on the exact date that Teleperformance would be opening their doors, but officials with Borderplex Alliance shared that the company would be “seeking customer-oriented, and highly motivated employees.”

Travis Coates, Chief Operations Office, Teleperformace USA and Canada, said “We’re excited to come to El Paso. To be a leader in customer experience, you must hire the best people. That is what attracted us to El Paso. This community has a great workforce with the skills and the positive work attitude we are looking for. We thank The City of El Paso and The Borderplex Alliance for their help. We can’t wait to open our doors.”

For more information on Teleperformance, visit their website.

WSB, regional partners launch Summer Youth Employment Campaigns

Workforce Solutions Borderplex officials announced Friday the return of their El Paso Summer Youth Employment initiatives, helping to put the youth of the region to work.

WSB, along with their partners Medical Center of the Americas, Goodman Financial, and Career and Technical Education program of Ysleta Independent School District launched the 2019 season of Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program, Summer Earn & Learn, and the Texas Internship Challenge.

“The Board of Directors of Workforce Solutions Borderplex and I salute our local business partners who have already committed to take part in this season’s Summer Youth Employment campaign by opening their worksites to youth to provide important business mentorship and life experiences,” shared Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

“With unemployment rates at record lows and a growing demand for talent in the Borderplex region, it is critical that we focus on the future workforce pipeline by reaching out to students as they graduate from high school, or while they are still in college, to provide practical work experience in their field of study or area of interest in an effort to foster this young talent and encourage them to build fruitful careers in our region.”

These impactful programs put regional youth to work; providing first-time, real job experience that sets youth on a path to be successful and workforce-ready.

The Hire El Paso Youth Work Program* will subsidize 100 percent of a paid work experience for 100 youth between the ages of 16-24, for 20-40 hours a week and for up to 12 weeks.

Summer Earn & Learn Program* will subsidize 100 percent of the paid work experience for 85 youth with disabilities between the ages of 16-22, for 30 hours a week and for up to 7 weeks.

*For Hire El Paso Work Program and Summer Earn & Learn, youth must meet eligibility requirements, which can be found online.

The Texas Internship Challenge, a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Education Agency and the Higher Education Coordinating Board, aims to increase and promote paid internships for students with Texas employers.

For employer participation in the Texas Internship Challenge, employers must commit to covering the costs for the internships.

The Summer Youth Employment campaign is a win-win for all involved, as employers will benefit from having a motivated, young adult in their workplace, while giving them a crucial, career-building opportunity.

Employers who take part in the Summer Earn & Learn Program will also receive insights and recommendations as to how to best serve customers with disabilities and learn how to easily adapt workplaces to employ persons with disabilities.

“The Summer Youth Employment programs have a far-reaching impact on our region, that builds a pipeline for the local workforce, with many youth returning to the same employer for multiple years,” WSB officials added via a news release.

“The summer job opportunities also provide valuable life lessons for the youth such as learning the importance of attendance and punctuality; articulating themselves professionally in a workplace setting; and learning how to accept direction and constructive criticism.”

Workforce Solutions Borderplex is subsidizing 185 positions for regional youth in these special summer employment programs.

For more information:

Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program – StreetTeam@borderplexjobs.com or (915) 887-2600

Summer Earn & Learn – StreetTeam@borderplexjobs.com or (915) 887-2600

Texas Internship Challenge – Visit www.txinternshipchallenge.com for program details.

The following businesses have committed to hosting youth for the 2019 campaign:

  • Alderperson Place 2, City of San Elizario
  • Bell 2 Bell
  • Bella Luna Engineering
  • Counter Tops Plus Inc.
  • CVIA Insurance Agency
  • Designer’s Mart
  • Diaz Services Heating & Cooling
  • El Paso’s Sweet Shop & Bakery
  • JP’s Industrial
  • Justice of the Peace John Chatman
  • La Posada Home
  • Lee Wrangler Clearance Center
  • Metro PCS
  • Mexus Inc
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • Personnel Partners
  • Project Vida
  • Representative Alejandra Anello-District 2 Central
  • Representative Cassandra Hernandez-District 3
  • Representative Henry Rivera-District 7
  • Sandra Serna-State Farm Insurance Company
  • Technimark
  • The Hospitals of Providence-Eastside Campus
  • The Hospitals of Providence-Memorial Campus
  • The Hospitals of Providence-Sierra Campus
  • The Hospitals of Providence-Transmountain Campus
  • Time Clock Sales & Service
  • UTOPIA
  • Walgreens
  • West-Tex customer payroll & marketing

For employers who would like to host a youth for the summer in their workplace, please contact Business@borderplexjobs.com or (915) 887-2332.

2019 STEAMx Winners, Scholarship Recipients Announced

The STTE (Success Through Technology Education) Foundation, in collaboration with Workforce Solutions Borderplex, and a host of other business and community sponsors, revealed the winners of the 2019 STEAMx (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Competitions.

Earlier this month, eight student teams were recognized at an inspirational awards ceremony to celebrate the winners of the STEAMx Competitions. The STEAMx Competitions challenged the area’s high school students to take STEAM applications and apply them to innovative, real-word project-based competitions.

Hundreds of students faced off in duels of coding, math challenges, designing smart tiny houses, chess matches, and 3-D competitions. The region’s brightest students diligently worked for months on their projects where prize money and bragging rights were up for grabs in their STEM specialties, as they once again came together to share innovative ideas with their peers.

For the last 10 years, the STEAMx events have captivated and engaged more than 16,000 of the Borderplex region’s youth. The event is specially developed to increase students’ awareness of the opportunities that exist in STEAM-oriented education and careers.

Officials say the 10th anniversary theme of “Are you Creating STEAM?” commemorates 10 years of “capturing Generation Z’s zest for tech and the arts, with organizers and event supporters celebrating all the students who have benefitted from this event and have made great strides in the STEM world.”

In conjunction with the 2019 STEAMx corporate sponsors, the STTE Foundation and Workforce Solutions Borderplex are pleased to announce the following STEAMx Competition and scholarship winners:

Hunt Smart Tiny VR House – 1st place – Burges High School and El Paso High School – $4,000

  • William Pyle
  • Thaily Rodriquez
  • Monica Delgadillo
  • David Mullings
  • Erick Garcia
  • Joseph Horak

 

Sigma Java Coding – 1st place – Canutillo High School – $2,000

  • Christopher Lawson
  • Aya Abdelgawad

 

Microsoft Business App – 1st place – Burges High School – $2,000

  • Andrew Vergara
  • Nathean Flores

 

Western Tech Southwest 4×4 Challenge – $2,000 – 1st place – El Paso High School

  • Frida Garcia
  • Erick Garcia
  • Joseph Horak
  • Elian Huerta
  • Sebastian Moreno

FabLab El Paso Makerspace Challenge

1st place – Coronado High School T-Birds – $1,000

  • Mikayla Pitts
  • Peter Moshaver

VEX Robotics

1st place – Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Bel Air Middle School

 

The Prudential Foundation Math Challenge:

Prudential Math Counts – 1st place – Marfa High School Mathletes – $3,000

  • Samuel Salgado Martinez
  • Aubrie Aguilar
  • Dimetrey Stewart
  • Alexandire Luna

2nd place -Parkland High School Aces – $1,000

  • Tyrone McDuffie
  • Angelika Obonan
  • Alyssa Ortiz-Rodriguez
  • Mykel Merritt

Prudential Math Challenge  – 1st place – Riverside High School – $3,000

  • Francisco Ontiveros
  • Ashley De La Rosa
  • Edna Rodriguez
  • Karemy Cruz
  • Raul Ramos

2nd place – El Paso High – $1,000

  • Isabella Morales
  • Cassandra Wagoner
  • Francesco Sanchez
  • Santiago Costemalle

Scholarships $1,000

  • Joseph Horak, EPISD, $1,000
  • Lauren Byrd, EPISD, $1,000
  • Alexis Rodriquez, YISD, $1,000
  • Selaine Rodriguez, YISD, $1,000
  • Angel Garcia, YISD, $1,000
  • Nathaniel Irrobali, SISD, $1,000
  • Kevin Joan Moreno, HARMONY, $1,000
  • Jose Bernal, HARMONY, $1,000
  • Aya Abdelgawed, CANUTILLO, $1,000
  • Evelyn Alvarez $1,000
  • Michael O’Bannon $1,000

Workforce Solutions Borderplex Hosts 2019 Spring Hiring Fair

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) will be connecting residents with some of the areas most coveted seasonal jobs and valuable employers at the 2019 Spring Hiring Fair.

Job seekers exploring employment in the Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Logistics, Defense & Aerospace, and Construction industries are encouraged to join WSB for this event.

WSB officials share that the fair is a free event and is open to all job seekers. Over 45 employers have confirmed attendance at this event.

The Spring Hiring Fair will enable job seekers to connect one-on-one with some of the region’s most in-demand employers and learn more about what these companies are seeking in candidates.

Job seekers are advised to come dressed to impress and with plenty of copies of their resume for employers to review.

2019 Spring Hiring Fair  –  The Radisson Hotel  |  1770 Airway Boulevard

Wednesday, April 10, 2019  |  9 am – 1 pm

These are the confirmed employers who will be present at the event:

  • Allied Universal Security Services
  • Belt Con Construction
  • Blackstone Security Services Inc.
  • Brokers Logistics
  • Caseem Staffing Services
  • Coastal Transportation
  • Custom Crates & Pallets, LTD
  • CWR Trucking
  • DEA
  • Designer’s Mart
  • Dynamic Tool Co.
  • El Paso Community College (Police Academy)
  • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
  • El Paso Fire Department
  • El Paso Police Department
  • Empire Truck Lines Inc
  • Erives Enterprises
  • Gamer Logistics
  • Green Bay Packaging
  • Handgards
  • HG Arias & Associates
  • IBEW Local 583
  • Instaff
  • Integrity Asset Management
  • ITSQUEST INC
  • Jobe Materials
  • Jordan Foster Construction
  • Labormax Staffing
  • Lone Wolf Trucking
  • Manpower
  • Mesilla Valley Transportation
  • Munoz Trucking
  • MV Transit
  • Project Amistad
  • Readyone Industries
  • Resource MFG/Prologistix
  • RM Personnel
  • Schneider Electric
  • Securitas
  • Sky Transportation
  • Solrac Corp.
  • Southwest Freightlines
  • Sun City Security
  • Sun Metro
  • Technical Sewing
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Texas Veterans Leadership Program
  • Triple A Glass Inc
  • TVC
  • TxDOT
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • UniFirst Uniform Services
  • Veliz Construction
  • Volt Workforce Solutions
  • Wild West Express
  • Wyler Industrial Works

 

Students prepare for 10th Annual STEAMx Fiesta and Competition

Hundreds of local middle and high schoolers will be competing in the STEAMx (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Fiesta, organized by STTE (Success Through Technology Education) Foundation, in collaboration with Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

“For the last 10 years, the STEAMx events have captivated and engaged the region’s youth,” organizers shared via a news release. “This 2-day mega event is specially developed to increase students’ awareness of the opportunities that exist in STEAM-oriented education and careers.”

This year’s anniversary theme of “Are you Creating STEAM?” commemorates 10 years of capturing Generation Z’s zest for tech and the arts, and the organizers are also celebrating all the students who have benefitted from this event and have made great strides in the STEM world.

Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex and Board Member of the STTE Foundation, “This year’s STEAMx Fiesta is really substantive with quality workshops and a great keynote speaker. By making the Fiesta an all-day, 2-day event, we’ve enabled more students to enjoy this barrier-breaking event, allowing them to have more time to explore the many activities we bring to this event each year.”

To kick off the STEAMx Fiesta on April 4th and 5th, middle-schoolers from all corners of the region will hear an inspirational keynote presentation from STEM expert, Noramay Cadena.

Cadena is an engineer and the founding partner of MiLA Capital; an early stage venture fund in Los Angeles that invests in hard tech.  Students will then venture into a day-long STEM exploration, where they will attend a variety of exciting workshops ranging from architecture, recycling and product development, 3-D ventures, comic book creation, amongst many others.

Western Tech will be offering a featured series of women-focused tech workshops highlighting women of impact in the information technology, engineering, and automotive technology industries. In between sessions, students will delight in visiting a broad variety of STEM-oriented exhibitors featuring hands-on activities.

The STEAMx Competitions on Friday, April 5th challenge high school students to take STEAM applications and apply them to innovative, real-word project-based competitions.

Hundreds of students will face off in duels of coding, math challenges, designing smart tiny houses, chess matches, and 3-D competitions. The region’s brightest students have been diligently working for months on their projects where prize money and bragging rights are up for grabs in their STEM specialties, as they come together once a year, to share their innovative ideas with their peers.

This year’s 10th anniversary of STEAMx also marks an important development in the leadership and vision of growth for future STEAMx events, as Workforce Solutions Borderplex will now be passing the torch onto the STTE Foundation to fully manage and take this mega event onto next level heights.

“This special transition emphasizes STTE’s mission in the region on supporting efforts that develop, deploy, and advance educational programs and initiatives focused on harvesting youth entrepreneurship ecosystems and technology comprehension, that will make Borderplex youth competitive on a global scale,” event organizers said,  “The STTE Foundation is committed to enhancing the regional economy through educational programs, maximizing meaningful partnerships, and embracing family support mechanisms.”

STEAMx Fiesta – DAY 1

Thursday, April 4, 2019

9 am – 2 pm

Region 19 Headstart, 11670 Chito Samaniego, 79936

TARGET – 500 Middle school students

**Keynote speaker – 9 am; Noramay Cadena

 

STEAMx Fiesta – DAY 2

Friday, April 5, 2019

9 am – 2 pm

Region 19 Headstart, 11670 Chito Samaniego, 79936

TARGET – 500 Middle school students

 

STEAMx Competitions

Friday, April 5, 2019

9 am – 5 pm

EPCC Administration Building B, 9050 Viscount, 79925

TARGET – High school students

WSB Launching 2nd Cohort of Cyber-Security Technology Certification Training Program

Officials with Workforce Solutions Borderplex announced the opening of registration for the 2nd cohort of the final opportunity for area residents to take part in the award-winning Cybersecurity Technology Certification Training program that is free for selected participants.

Students can now register to take an assessment test to qualify for entrance into the second cohort from March 14, 2019 through May 10, 2019.

The final campaign of the Workforce Solutions’ Cybersecurity training program will offer a suite of (5) IT security certificates that build an individual’s capacity to work in the cybersecurity field.

This is the second of three (12)-week training cohorts that will provide candidates with the necessary skills required to pass the five, IT-recognized, highly-coveted cybersecurity certifications in IT fundamentals, A+, Network+, Security+, and CSA+. This training program is targeted to adults; students; veterans, transitioning soldiers, and military spouses; and currently unemployed and underemployed professionals.

The second cohort will run from May 20, 2019 through August 12, 2019, where classes will meet Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm each day, so candidates who currently do not have a full-time work commitment are encouraged to apply for the program.

The Cybersecurity Technology Certification Training program requires a full-time commitment from candidates in order for them to successfully complete the training and be ready to pass the 5 certification tests.

The IT training will require candidates to:

             Possess an aptitude for IT, with the ability to pass an IT Fundamentals assessment with a 65% passage rate

             Candidates will need to prove their right to work in the U.S. by providing eligible documents

             Candidates will need to commit to near perfect attendance while undergoing the program

             Candidates will not be able to be currently employed in a typical Monday-Friday, 9-5 job during the training program, due to the program’s strict attendance requirement and rigorous course of study

Candidates interested in taking part in the 2nd cohort of the cybersecurity training program must sign up to take an IT Fundamentals exam on the registration page, which can be found here online and they can find more information about the program on the Workforce Solutions Borderplex website.

The test registration period for the second cohort will be open until May 10th. Potential candidates must pass the IT Fundamentals exam with a score of 65% or higher. From there, candidates will undergo an interview process, must pass a WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) eligibility screening, and agree to seek a job in the IT field upon program completion.

For more information about the Cybersecurity Technology Certification Training program, please contact Natalie Littlefield at Natalie.littlefield@borderplexjobs.com.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex Promoting Eaton El Paso Job Openings

Eaton El Paso, working in partnership with Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), is promoting a series of open positions in their El Paso location.

Eaton El Paso’s Electrical Division has opened a new manufacturing facility in El Paso with first shift production and salaried positions open.

Positions ranging from Production Associate to Sr. Electrical Test Technician to Quality Inspector are open for candidates to apply.  For a full list of opportunities go to Eaton’s website and search for El Paso.

Via a news release, WSB officials share, “Eaton offers competitive benefits and professional growth opportunities for their employees.  They create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become a reality, each and every day; where bold, bright professionals can reach their full potential.”

Just last November, Eaton announced the opening of their El Paso manufacturing location, along with the new positions.  At the time of the announcement, Mayor Dee Margo touted the benefit of the new plant in the Borderland.

“Eaton Corporation will be an exceptional addition to our local business community. In addition to creating 200 jobs, Eaton will invest over $15 million dollars into our regional economy. Our economic development strategy is in full effect and we are seeing result after result. Companies are recognizing El Paso as a premier place to work, play and visit. We must continue our progress and attract more jobs, more investment, and better opportunities for the people of El Paso,”  Mayor Margo said.

For more information about the positions or to apply, visit the Work In Texas website.

City of El Paso, 7 Partners Launch ‘Accelerate EP’

Officials with the City of El Paso announced Tuesday that they have formalized seven (7) partnership agreements with local agencies that support small and minority-owned business development in the El Paso area.

Via a news release, officials shared, “The city intends to support and centralize current and ongoing business and entrepreneurial programs throughout the community.”

In the future, local small and minority-owned businesses will be able to access services and resources to start and grow their businesses from a centralized online resource guide. They will also have access to workshops, webinars and informational sessions through the El Paso Public Library and other City departments.

The resource partners include the Small Business Development Center, Workforce Solutions Borderplex, El Paso Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, El Paso County, the Hub of Human Innovation and the UTEP Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship.

The objective of these partnership agreements is to formalize the efforts of these agencies to work together in support of, and to help spur, small and minority-owned business development in the area.

Accelerate EP, led by the City of El Paso’s Economic Development Department, is being funded through a $100,000 grant from the Citi Foundation and Living Cities as part of their City Accelerator Cohort program.

Other City departments involved in the project are Community and Human Development, Public Library, the Performance Office and Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing.

The Citi Foundation and Living Cities has named El Paso as one of five cities selected to participate in the fifth cohort of the City Accelerator program. The fifth cohort for the City Accelerator will focus on strategies cities can employ to build a seamless support system for local businesses to more easily grow and hire more people, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs of color.

Other cities who are part of the cohort include Atlanta, Long Beach, Newark, and Rochester. Throughout the next year, the five-city cohort will work to support individual projects focusing on supporting the growth of local minority-owned businesses through a variety of strategies.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs interested in participating in this program can visit the program’s website or, for more information, those interested in the program can contact Aimee Olivas at (915) 212-1617 or by e-mail OlivasAP@elpasotexas.gov.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex Ready to Offer Employment Assistance to Furloughed Federal Employees

On Thursday, officials with Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) announced that their organization is ready to offer employment services to assist furloughed federal workers during the federal government shutdown.

WSB reports that as of January 22, 2019, 40 Borderplex employers have opened over 256 positions to furloughed federal workers seeking temporary employment opportunities, and the list continues to grow.

The El Paso community is thankful for the federal employees that work tirelessly in serving the public. With that in mind, WSB welcomes furloughed federal workers to visit any Workforce Solutions Center or log on to the website to learn about how WSB staff can help to walk them through Unemployment Benefits filing and how the organization can assist with job matching.

Officials say WSB can also offer information on Borderplex companies who are offering job opportunities exclusively to furloughed federal employees during this difficult time.

For companies who wish to offer a temporary job to a furloughed federal employee, they need to visit the WSB Website to submit contact information and a WSB representative will connect as soon as possible to obtain job details and create a free posting in the WSB database. WSB thanks the many Borderplex employers for their willingness to help furloughed federal workers, and WSB urges furloughed federal workers to stay productive and positive during this difficult time.

Employers or federal furloughed workers are encouraged to contact Workforce Solutions Borderplex at (915) 887-2600, visit any of the WSB Centers, or log onto website to learn how WSB can help.

Borderplex Employer Listing Who are Offering Temporary Employment to Furloughed Federal Workers

 AAFES  Adecco  ADP  Aladdin Day Care  American Sling  AO General Contractors  Art Masters  B & M Machinery  Beltran Contractors  Bien Vivir Senior Health  Blackstone Security Services  Burnett Specialists  c3i Solutions  Captiva Group  Dickason  El Paso Auto Sales & Body Shop  El Paso Star Ready Mix  Fidelis Protective Services  Infinito  InStaff  Ivan’s Site Services  Keats Southwest  LaborMax  Lark Industries  Lone Star Industrial  Lone Wolf Trucking  Manpower  MOR Sheet Metal  Outwest Express  Pride Industries  Professional Document Systems  Quality Inn & Suites  ReadyOne Industries  Securitas  Texas VSI  TLC Associates  Tru temps  Volt  T & T Staff Management  GC Service

Workforce Solutions Borderplex, Local Businesses Lauded at TWC Conference

Workforce Solutions Borderplex and its partners, Prudential Financial, Inc. and Tropicana Homes, were recognized and awarded at the 22nd Annual Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Conference in Houston, Texas.

In recognition for its outstanding workforce programs, Workforce Solutions Borderplex was awarded the Texas HireAbility Award for their dynamic “Unlocking Opportunities” outreach campaign, along with a check for $30,000 to use to support its programs and services.

The Texas HireAbility Award honors a Local Workforce Development Board that has successfully promoted employment opportunities for talented and dedicated Texans with disabilities.  WSB launched an uplifting outreach campaign that promoted the hiring of individuals with disabilities entitled “DisAbility Friendly Employer”, by using the statement – “A job seeker with disabilities has potential; consider unlocking the opportunities” as the mantra and cornerstone of this effort.

WSB’s goal was to create a different frame of mind when connecting employers with job seekers with disabilities. The campaign served to educate employers on inclusion and diversity in the workplace; with 1,274 individuals with disabilities, 370 veterans with disabilities, and 100 youth with disabilities all securing employment.

TWC Chair, Ruth R. Hughes, honored the Employer of the Year award winners.

“I am proud to recognize these Texas employers through this year’s nomination for Employer of the Year Award for the value they place in their communities by promoting strong economic growth, and for their commitment to hiring our veterans,” stated Hughes.  “These exemplary private-sector finalists demonstrate excellence and contribute to our thriving economy and job growth, as well as setting new standards for Texas employers.  TWC is honored to recognize their outstanding efforts and achievements.”

The El Paso branch of Prudential Financial, Inc. received the highly-coveted Veteran-Friendly Employer of the Year award in recognition of their outstanding efforts to recruit and hire veterans, significantly impacting the Borderplex region and the state.

Prudential Financial Inc. has a long-standing commitment to and history of supporting the US military and its veterans. Since opening its office in El Paso in 2014, Prudential has built a workforce made up of 49% veterans and military spouses, and has made notable achievements to impact veterans’ employment, to give back to the community, and to share best practices through strategic partnerships.

Prudential is proud to be part of the diverse El Paso community, providing career opportunities for veterans and military spouses in Texas and around the world. Prudential recognizes that military talent brings unique qualities and experiences to their organization that strengthens the overall organizational collaboration and innovation.

Tropicana Homes was awarded as an Employer of Excellence, as TWC honors one private-sector employer in each local workforce development area that is actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and recognizes that said employer has, as a customer and collaborator with the Local Workforce Development Board, created and used innovative approaches that have benefited the local economy and workforce significantly.

Four-time winner of the Builder of the Year Award by the El Paso Association of Builders, Tropicana Homes has made a tremendous impact on the Workforce Solutions Borderplex (Borderplex) – YouthBuild program. Tropicana Homes provides youth with valuable mentorship, work experience, and hands-on employment opportunities.

At Tropicana Homes’ construction sites, YouthBuild participants fully employ the skills they are taught in their training courses in a real-world setting. Without the dedicated partnership and commitment to the youth of this program, WSB’s YouthBuild initiative would not be the program it has evolved into since its inception.

TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas said “Tropicana Homes deserves applause this year for its efforts in partnering with Workforce Solutions Borderplex to create amazing opportunities for Texas workers and communities.”

“Congratulations to our finalists, who show great commitment for supporting local communities and to their employees while providing growth in a constructive work setting,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

“These companies embody the dedication to the Texas workforce with the ongoing commitment to training efforts and workforce advancements.  These employers exemplify TWC’s mission to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.”

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. Workforce Solutions Borderplex,

Workforce Boards throughout the state of Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission and workforce system partners work together to respond to the needs of employers and workers through skills training, job search assistance, and other workforce support services.

The TWC Conference was held on November 28 and 29, 2018.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex Launching Final CyberSecurity Technology Training Program

Workforce Solutions Borderplex is announcing the final opportunity for Borderplex residents to take part in the award-winning Cybersecurity Technology Certification Training program, launching January 2019.

The program will be free for selected participants.

This final campaign of the Workforce Solutions’ Cybersecurity training program will offer a suite of (5) IT security certificates that build an individual’s capacity to work in the cybersecurity field.

There will be (3) 12-week training cohorts that will provide candidates with the necessary skills required to pass the five, IT-recognized, highly-coveted cybersecurity certifications in IT fundamentals, A+, Network+, Security+, and CSA+.  This innovative training program is targeted to adults, students, veterans, transitioning soldiers, and military spouses, as well as currently unemployed and underemployed professionals.

The program will run Monday through Friday, from 8am – 5pm each day.  Candidates who currently do not have a full-time work commitment are encouraged to apply for the program.

The Cybersecurity Technology Certification Training program requires a full-time commitment from candidates in order for them to successfully complete the training and be ready to pass the 5 certification tests.

This is an intense IT training that will require candidates to:

  • Possess an aptitude for IT, with the ability to pass an IT Fundamentals assessment with an 80% passage rate
  • Candidates will need to prove their right to work in the U.S. by providing eligible documents
  • Candidates will need to commit to near perfect attendance while undergoing the program
  • Candidates will not be able to be currently employed in a typical Monday-Friday, 8-5 job during the training program, due to the program’s strict attendance requirement and rigorous course of study

Potential candidates must pass the IT Fundamentals exam with a score of 80% or higher. From there, candidates will undergo an interview process, must pass a WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) eligibility screening, and agree to seek a job in the IT field upon program completion.

Candidates interested in taking part in one of the 3 cohorts of the cybersecurity training program must log onto the Workforce Solutions Borderplex website to sign up to take an IT Fundamentals course in December..

Workforce Solutions Borderplex Hosts Parent Conference

Workforce Solutions Borderplex’s Texas Rising Star (TRS) program is proud to present the first annual Parent Conference this weekend.

The adults-only conference is set for Saturday, August 18 from 9 am – 1 pm at El Paso Community College’s Administrative Services Center Auditorium located at 9050 Viscount Blvd.

The Parent Conference features dynamic speakers, food, prizes and great information about early childhood. Presentations will feature information ranging from how parents can learn to support their child’s social emotional needs, to how to choose quality child care, and parents will see how they can also serve as teachers for their children.

Members of the public who would like to attend this event must pick up a free entrance ticket at any Workforce Solutions Center. This is an adults only event, so there will be no childcare available.

Featured presenters include Sue Hancock, an Independent Consultant expert in the early childhood education community at the local and state level and Celeste Parrott, who currently serves as the Child Care Licensing Supervisor.

Ms. Hancock has received Continuing Education with Certification from the Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and the Department of State Health Services, Health & Human Services Commission for Healthy Child Care Texas as a Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC). Ms. Hancock has provided professional development presentations, mentoring and educational opportunities for early childhood professionals and works with child care centers, home-based providers, programs and families to develop and support quality initiatives.

Ms. Parrott heads the Child Care Licensing program whose mission is to protect children through regulation and education; safeguarding the health, safety, and well-being of children who attend or live in regulated child-care operations and homes.

The Texas Workforce Commission’s Texas Rising Star (TRS) program is a voluntary, quality-based child care rating system of childcare providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child care program. The child care providers that voluntarily achieve TRS provider certification offer quality care that exceeds the state’s minimum Child Care Licensing Standards and help to contribute to the early development of our region’s children.

As providers advance through the levels of TRS certification, they can contribute progressively to the development of the children they serve daily.

For more information about the Parent Conference, please contact Program Specialist, Marisela Correa at (915) 887-2219.

Attendees [lease note: 

  • This is a free event.
  • Attendees should pick up an entrance ticket at any Workforce Solutions Center.
  • This is an ADULT-only event.  There will not be childcare available.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex to Host Burlington Hiring Event; 130 Jobs Available

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), in partnership with Burlington, will be hosting a special hiring event at the North Loop Workforce Solutions Center this week.

The hiring event will be held on August 1, 2 & 3, 2018,  at WSB’s North Loop Center. According to WSB officials, the event is being held to hire 130 retail positions.

Representatives from Burlington (formerly Burlington Coat Factory) will be on-site at Workforce Solutions to conduct same-day interviews for those who qualify.

WSB Officials say candidates should bring copies of their resume and come dressed to impress.  For more information, please call (915) 230-2515 or visit www.workintexas.com.

Burlington Hiring Event

August 1, 2, & 3, 2018  |  9 am – 5 pm

North Loop Center  |  8825 North Loop, Suite 122

Workforce Solutions Hosting Halliburton Thursday, 300-400 Jobs Available

Workforce Solutions Borderplex, in partnership with Halliburton, will be hosting a special hiring event this Thursday.

Halliburton is looking to fill 300-400 positions and company representatives will be on-site to conduct same-day interviews for those who qualify. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

Officials with Workforce Solutions say that “Candidates should bring copies of their resume and come dressed to impress.”

The positions available are Entry Level Operator Assistant 1 – Frac Acid and Heavy Truck Drivers. These positions with Halliburton will be located in three Texas towns: Brownfield, Odessa, Fort Stockton and Artesia, NM.

For more information, please call (915) 887-2947 or visit the Workforce Website.

Special Halliburton Hiring Event

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Downtown Workforce Solutions Center

300 E. Main, 1st Floor, –  9 AM – 3 PM

Gallery+Story: Borderplex Students ‘Get STEAMED,’ Win Big at STEAMx Competitions

Workforce Solutions Borderplex, in partnership with the STTE (Success Through Technology Education) Foundation, is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 STEAMx (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Competitions.

To celebrate, ten dynamic borderland student teams were recognized at an inspirational awards ceremony to celebrate the winners of the STEAMx Competitions.

Of the event, organizers said, “STEAMx is a vibrant, high-impact 2-day event, specially developed to captivate and engage the Borderplex region’s youth, to increase their awareness of the opportunities that exist in STEAM-oriented education and careers. With this year’s theme of “Get STEAMED”, the goal was to capture Generation Y’s zeitgeist in this all-encompassing event that challenges students to take STEAM applications and apply them to innovative, real-word project-based competitions.”

The STEAMx Competitions challenged Borderplex students in a series of stimulating STEAM-oriented projects ranging from Smart Tiny House development to Coding to Traveling on Mars.

The honors were held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 STEAMx corporate sponsors, Workforce Solutions Borderplex and the STTE Foundation.

The following are the scholarships and competition winners:

STEAMx SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ($1,000)

1. JOSE A. FLORES GOMEZ – Mission Early College HS

2. JOE R. FLORES – Presidio HS

3. MIGUEL GARCIA – Mission Early College HS

4. BIANCA ALONDRA PAYAN – El Paso HS

5. RICARDO RAMIREZ – Eastwood HS

6. IVYE BLYTHE ARIOJA DOLINO – Presidio HS

7. ALEJANDRA LOPEZ – Mission Early College HS

8. CRYSTAL LICON – Eastwood HS

9. JULIAHNA HAYES – Pebble Hills HS

10. DANIEL CARRILLO – Presidio HS

11. CHRISTOPHER YANEZ – Valle Verde Early College HS

12. DIEGO G. MALDONADO – Valle Verde Early College HS

The STEAMx scholarships were sponsored by El Paso Electric with a $10,000 donation, and by El Paso Community College, with a $2,000 donation.

Smart Tiny House sponsored by AT&T

• First Place $4000 – Riverside and Eastlake High Schools

• Second Place $1000 – Team Woods El Paso High and Burges High

App Design sponsored by Workforce Solutions Borderplex

• First Place $1,500- Harmony Student Assistant App

• Second Place $500 – Brown Bag

Applied Tech sponsored by UTEP Academic Technologies

• First Place $1250 – Eastwood HS

• Second Place $750 -Presidio HS

Architecture Traveling on Mars sponsored by Texas Tech College of Architecture

• First Place $1500 -The Orcus

• Second Place $500 -Northwest Early College HS

3D sponsored by Hunt Family Foundation

• First Place $1500 -Northwest Early College HS

• Second Place $500 – AEA El Dorado

Makerspace sponsored by FabLab El Paso

• First Place $1250 – STEAM Fabens HS

• Second Place $750 – Harmony Science Academy

Business sponsored by CoWork Oasis

• First Place $2,000 -Geo Prizm Valle Verde High

• Second Place $500 -Del Valle High MBA

Java Coding sponsored by Sigma Pivot

• First Place, $1500 -Northwest Early College HS

• Second Place $500- Eastwood HS

Robotics sponsored by VEX $2,000

• Tournament Champions -Canutillo, Hanks and Socorro HS’s

• Eastwood HS – Excellence • Hanks HS – Skills

The Prudential Foundation – Math Challenge

Middle School Math Counts

• First Place $2000 -Mathletes from Marfa Middle School

• Second Place $1000 -Team-Team from St. Marks School

High School Math Challenge

First Place $2500 – Pebble Hills High School (PMC003)

• Second Place $1000 – Pebble Hills High School (PMC002)

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