Workforce Solutions


Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), along with partners from the Borderplex Alliance, El Paso County, the City of El Paso, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce launched three youth employment initiatives for 2017; Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program, Summer Earn & Learn, and The Texas Internship Challenge. In total, WSB has committed to subsidizing 200 summer jobs at 100 percent (zero cost to employers). Youth who participate in the program will attend a foundational skills boot camp to better prepare them prior to starting at their worksites. 

Summer Earn and Learn Youth with Disabilities Program

Summer Earn and Learn is designed to create pathways to employment for students with disabilities. Summer Earn & Learn will subsidize 100 percent of the paid work experience for 78 youth with disabilities between the ages of 14-22 for 30 hours a week and for up to 7 weeks.

  • Collaboration with Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) a subset of our nationally recognized Breaking Barrier Program
  • VRS assists by providing accommodations needed at a worksite such as interpreter, job coach, assistive technology for a successful work experience

Who Qualifies:

  1. Authorized to Work in US & 14-22 years of age & must be less than 22 years of age as of Sept. 1, 2016
  2. Eligible to receive special education or related services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or is an individual a disability for purposes of 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  3. Must be attending school

To get started contact: Norma Garcia at 915.782.7151 or email or Rosie del Palacio 915.834.7731, e-mail

Texas Internship Challenge

The Texas Internship Challenge, a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency and The Higher Education Coordinating Board, is aimed to increase and promote paid internships for students with Texas employers.  In this case, the employers will commit to covering the costs for internships. 

Employers Can:

  • Post internship descriptions
  • Conduct candidate searches
  • Receive and review resumes
  • Contact internship seekers 

Students Can:

  • Create and post resumes
  • Conduct internship searches
  • Apply for positions
  • Schedule interviews 

Employers and youth, to get started visit:


YouthBuild is designed for young people who left high school without a diploma to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment in the construction industry, and become leaders in their communities. In 2016, WSB received a grant to help 40 young men and women gain their GED, obtain training and get certified in construction. Currently there are 30 slots available for youth to enter the program.

Upcoming Enrollment Dates:

  • June, 2017 (applications open on March, 2017)
  • January, 2018 (applications open on November, 2017)
  • June, 2018 (applications open on March, 2018)

Who Qualifies:

  • Youth between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Must be eligible to work in the US
  • Interested in obtaining your GED
  • Must live in any of the following zip codes: 79901, 79905, 79924, 79934, 79936, or 79938

To get started contact: Veronica Lewis at 915.887.2890 or email