TWC awarded grant to pilot enhanced veteran outreach project
AUSTIN—Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced the State of Texas Soldier Employment Initiative (STSEI), developed in partnership with the Texas Veterans Commission ( TVC) as part of a $750,000 U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funded pilot project to help returning U. S. Army veterans find employment prior to separating from the service, particularly in growing industries in Texas such as the medical, energy and technology fields.
“ Texas is home to 450,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and TWC recognizes this exceptional group of individuals by supporting a variety of workforce programs to help them transition to civilian life,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said.
As part of the initiative, TWC and TVC representatives will work with military, community and employer organizations, including the Army Career and Alumni Program and the Transitional Assistance Program, to identify areas of need for veteran employment services and implement data sharing among partners to increase program efficiencies and avoid overlap of services.
STSEI dedicated staff also will create a computer database service that will consider a soldier’s wide range of knowledge and translate that experience into skills statements understood and validated by civilian employers.
“The Texas Veterans Commission is pleased to partner with the Texas Workforce Commission for this initiative to help our soldiers and veterans find meaningful employment that fits their professional needs,” said TVC Executive Director Thomas Palladino.
STSEI representatives will be located in four workforce development board areas that provide services to communities near Fort Hood in Killeen, Fort Bliss in El Paso, Camp Mabry in Austin and Ellington Air Field in Houston.
STSEI will enhance existing outreach ef forts on specific populations of veterans, including active duty soldiers within 90 days of separation from the Army; Texas Army Nat ional Guard and Army Reserve soldiers returning from deployment; veterans already separated from the military and currently receiving Army Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX); and veterans of other service branches who also are receiving military UCX.
Texas was one of four states chosen for this project due to its high population of Army veterans and its history of active collaboration with DOL and the Army to improve veterans’ access to employment. Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina also were selected to participate in this project.
For more information about veteran ser v ices avai lable through the Texas Workforce System, visit Vets.Texasworkforce.org.