At its Annual Board Meeting on November 16th, Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) celebrated the contributions of its board members and business partners. At the event, Board Chair Leo A. Duran Sr. introduced the second year winners for the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Board Member and a special recognition for the Past Board Chair. In addition, three Business Partner Awards were presented for continued success utilizing the workforce system. These recognitions were implemented during Mr. Duran’s tenure as Board Chair.
“Our board members and business partners are exceptional and we are so pleased to get to recognize them this way,” said Board Chair Leo A. Duran Sr. “They truly have a positive impact on our organization and community.”
The 2017 awards presented are listed below.
Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Board Member
Lydia has supported WSB in numerous community projects including the recruitment effort for the Amazon headquarters in El Paso. She has lead partnership discussions for regional Skills Gap Analysis Roundtables and has supported WSB STEAM Fiesta with monetary donations. Lydia has provided a voice among community leaders that helps strategically guide programs and initiatives for lasting impact. Lydia currently chairs the WSB Economic Development Committee.
Recognition of Past Board Chair
Bertha A. Gallardo
Bertha has served as Past Board Chair in both 2016 and 2017. She served as Board Chair in 2014 and 2015 and was Vice-Chair in 2013. Bertha has served as a board member since 2007.
Small Business Partner of the Year Award
YMCA of El Paso
Bill Coon, CEO for the YMCA of El Paso, was instrumental in creating a true partnership with WSB to offer summer jobs with great outcomes. Staff members at the YMCA were proactive in reporting direct hires from the WorkinTexas.com jobseeker database. His organization was always willing to participate in career days and offer internships and subsidized employment. Mr. Coon joined the WSB board this year.
Medium Business Partner of the Year Award
FedEx Ground El Paso
FedEx Ground El Paso participated in two WSB Manufacturing Industry Council Roundtables and several career fairs. The company was an active participant at the first-ever JobCon event and also participated in the Vocational Rehabilitative hiring event. FedEx Ground is always eager to partner for recruiting and direct hires. They are currently working on future career days and providing internships opportunities to WSB customers.
Large Business Partner of the Year Award
The Hospitals of Providence
The Hospitals of Providence has been a key partner in STEAM Fiesta by sponsoring the Business Challenge for the past two years. They have participated in JobCon, Red White and You Veterans Hiring Fair and several Career Expos. They are always active in WorkinTexas.com with job postings, hiring and reaching out to WSB recruiters for assistance. The Hospitals of Providence accepted the challenge to participate in career days and will provide internships. They also partnered with WSB and El Paso Community College to provide job training for 331 new and incumbent workers using $481,813 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. This grant will be used to provide customized training with classes and training focused on industry-related topics such as basic nursing, critical care, neonatal intensive care nursing, emergency and operating room care, chemotherapy infusion and respiratory therapy. Trainees will include registered nurses, nursing assistants, phlebotomists, radiologic technologists and respiratory therapists. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $26.02.
WSB Board of Directors elected the current slate of officers for a two-year term, beginning January of 2018 and running through December of 2019.
Mica Short, Community Relations Manager at Texas Gas Services, will serve as Board Chairperson.
Grace Muñoz, Senior Vice President of Talent Management at First Light Federal Union, will serve as Vice Chairperson.
Hector Vidal, Manager at Walgreens, will serve as Secretary.
Leo A. Duran Sr., Owner of L&J Café, will serve as Past Board Chair.
The complete current listing of Workforce Solutions Borderplex Board of Directors can be found online at: http://www.borderplexjobs.com/about-us/board-of-directors
About Workforce Solutions Borderplex
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 www.borderplexjobs.com