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October 5, 2016

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), in conjunction with the U. S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Workforce Development Council (WDC), is participating in Workforce Development Week, a national awareness campaign from October 3-7, 2016.  This is an effort to promote the efforts of Workforce Development Boards across the country.

“With a strong board of directors and efficient community partnerships, WSB has been successful in developing and planning workforce development programs to ensure that the industry needs are met.  We have been especially effective in addressing the workplace demand for an experienced workforce, thus focusing our efforts on job preparedness,” said Joyce A. Wilson, CEO.

As part of the national campaign, WSB is announcing three key industry sector strategies relevant to our regional ecosystem in the counties of Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio.  

Skills for Small Business Program – On October 4th, Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced a $2 million dollar Skills for Small Business Program that will support collaborations between Workforce Solutions partners and small businesses. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees can apply to TWC for training offered by a local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Small businesses interested in training for their employees may be eligible to receive up to $1,800 to train new workers and up to $900 to train existing workers. The Skills for Small Business program provides state-funded training to businesses to meet their business needs, with an emphasis on training new workers or upgrading skills of incumbent workers. Employers seeking more information about the Skills for Small Business program, including applications and information about how to apply may visit: 

Middle Skill Gap Assessment for Advanced Logistics and Business Services – WSB partnered with the Borderplex Alliance and Chase Bank to initiate a middle skills gap analysis of the business services and advanced logistics industries. As a continuation of the Regional Strategic Plan for the area encompassing El Paso, Texas, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico that ultimately created the Borderplex Alliance in 2012, Thomas P Miller and Associates (TPMA) was contracted to perform the assessment for the El Paso Region. With workforce development as a crucial piece of The Borderplex Alliance 2015-2020 Regional Strategic Plan, TPMA was charged with analyzing the potential for career advancement via “middle-skill” level positions, which are defined as positions that require some education or training beyond high school, but not a Bachelor’s degree. TPMA focused on the middle-skill opportunities within the Advanced Logistics and Business Services industries because they are the two most promising industries to benefit from strategic recommendations to more efficiently upskill workers to more advanced degrees. Download report at:

Youth Build – On September 23rd , WSB was notified by the Department of Labor that its application for the "YouthBuild El Paso!" initiative was selected for funding. This federal grant will inject $600,000 into the El Paso region, and through the support of its partners and in-kind support WSB will be able to provide additional resources for an overall budget of $900,000. The growing demand for talented workforce to meet the surge in construction labor creates an exciting opportunity to launch a YouthBuild program. If you are a youth interested in learning about and working in construction, and you live in Northeast El Paso (zip codes 79924 and 79934), Central El Paso (zip codes 79901 and 79905), or East El Paso (zip codes 79936 and 79938) please contact Yvonne Lopez at 915-887-2044, or

About Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB)
Workforce Solutions Borderplex is a non-profit organization aimed to help improve the quality of life in a six-county region.  That region encompasses the counties of Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio. The organization consists of a 27-member Board of Directors responsible for strategic guidance and policy governance to achieve goals focusing on employment, education and economic development.  Funding comes from the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture. For more information about the organization please visit our website at