The 21st Annual Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Conference was held November 29th through December 1st in Dallas. Several entities affiliated with Workforce Solutions Borderplex received board awards during the conference.
El Paso Electric (EP Electric) received the Employer Award of Excellence for the Workforce Solutions Borderplex (Borderplex) area. The award honors private sector employers that are actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.
The company sponsors Borderplex’s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) program by providing $10,000 in STEAM scholarships. EP Electric has sponsored this event for the past nine years, with $54,500 invested. EP Electric also sponsors the Young Achievers Forum, through which 1,000 students tour the University of Texas at El Paso.
“We are very honored to receive this recognition, and excited about continuing to contribute to the success of our region,” said Mary Kipp, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Paso Electric. “As the local electric company, our over 1,100 employees demonstrate the dedication we all have to making sure ours is a thriving community full of opportunity for students and professionals.”
“I am pleased to recognize EP Electric and Borderplex for their leadership and applaud their commitment to their communities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Through successful employer partnerships at the local level, we will maximize our effectiveness and keep Texas as a top destination for businesses.”
WSB was recognized for outstanding board performance, receiving a $30,000 award for Texas HireAbility. The Texas HireAbility Award honors a local workforce development board that has successfully promoted employment opportunities for talented and dedicated Texans with disabilities.
Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) established a disability subcommittee to advise WSB’s board of directors on initiatives that encourage employers to recruit, hire, retain, and provide career development opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Based on the subcommittee’s guidance, WSB created Breaking Barriers, a program designed to assist teens with disabilities seeking employment.
To date, Breaking Barriers has served more than 400 youth with disabilities. In FY 2017, WSB found permanent employment for 172 persons with disabilities. WSB also promoted HireAbility Fairs throughout the region and partnered with City of El Paso to present an annual summit and career fair that targets job seekers with disabilities.
Borderplex also received a $75,000 award for Texas Rising Star Child Care. The Texas Rising Star Child Care Award honors local workforce development boards that have improved child care quality through the creation of exemplary child care programs that demonstrate positive outcomes for the population served.
Workforce Solutions Borderplex promoted high-quality child care through a gardening project with 46 Texas Rising Star providers. Children put science into action by learning what it takes to grow vegetables as part of a healthy diet.
Socorro Independent School District was also recognized for an Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Incentive award, receiving $30,000 for High School Equivalency Achievement.
The AEL Incentive awards recognize partners who demonstrate exemplary performance and outstanding AEL service delivery in partnership with employers, community colleges and workforce boards.