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Annual Methodologies

Parent Share of Cost

parent share of cost is a sliding scale based on the family income, the number in the household, and the number of children in care. If all the children in the family attend a Texas Rising Star Provider, the family is eligible for a reduction. A parent share of cost cannot be waived.

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Living Wage

Our most current living wage is $12.51/hour, calculated in September of 2020. The wage is updated yearly and the Workforce Solutions Borderplex formula considers the following expenses:

Other necessities
for an annual living wage of $52,054.00 and an hourly, full-time wage at $12.51. 

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Wages in the Borderplex

It’s no secret wages in El Paso are among the lowest of any major U.S. city. This new report shows what employers in the Borderplex region must do to retain and attract a talented workforce.

Fiscal Year 2021 Reviews

2021 Labor Market Reviews

2020 Labor Market Reviews

2020 Quarterly Reports

2019 Quarterly Reports

Board Policy Manual

IT Skills Gap Analysis

The Borderplex Alliance, in partnership with Workforce Solutions Borderplex, Microsoft, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, hired TIP Strategies to conduct a workforce analysis focused on information technology as a cross-industry function and talent cluster. This study is a continuation of a series of studies that have been completed on business services, advanced logistics, advanced manufacturing, and life sciences. The assessment that follows focuses on anticipated Informational Technology skills and occupational needs and the educational infrastructure and talent pipeline to support them. The assessment highlights the key findings from the analysis and makes recommendations on how the Borderplex Alliance and its partners can work to improve the alignment of the talent pipeline with the needs of employers in El Paso County.

Roundtable Reports

These documents were created to support the stakeholders and leaders at the Workforce Solutions Borderplex, The Borderplex Alliance, and the City of El Paso in regards to the current needs for training and economic development of the Advanced Manufacturing, Construction and Tourism industries.

White Papers

  • 2018 El Paso Workforce Transitions Veterans into Cybersecurity Careers

    It is hard to overstate the economic importance of Fort Bliss on El Paso, with more than $1 billion, it is the largest single industry in El Paso. Each month in El Paso, Texas, approximately 500 Army veterans transition from military careers to civilian life. Vets face unique challenges readjusting to civilian life. Often one of the most significant challenges facing these well-deserving women and men is finding high-growth, civilian career pathways.

  • 2017 Cyber-Security Training Program

    Workforce Solutions Borderplex has identified several in-demand IT occupations, specifically those in cyber security, business process automation and software development, and project management, as emerging in the El Paso region.

  • 2017 JobCon

    Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) and the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) hosted the First Annual JOBCON on Thursday, September 28th, as WSB found that students at this age are curious about careers, and are able to make decisions and changes in their learning track to courses and programs that will guide them towards their career goals.

  • 2017 Reboot El Paso

    In the fall of 2017, Workforce Solutions Borderplex obtained a $241,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant allowed WSB to develop a robust technology training program with industry recognized certifications for disconnected youth to transcend their economic and educational barriers and go in to entry level positions in high-demand IT fields that are emerging in the El Paso region.

  • 2017 YouthBuild El Paso!

    It is anticipated that in the next five years, residential, commercial, and industrial construction will have a big demand for skilled labor, a resource that has been strained in El Paso due to competing growth in other Texas cities. WFSB’s YouthBuild El Paso! offers disconnected youth an opportunity to achieve their GED and gain construction training that produces the skills that are currently in-demand and pathways to high skilled trades in the future.

Workforce Asset Mapping

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) is amidst an exciting, albeit challenging, time in workforce development: the onset of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the ever-growing need to serve more with less. Under WIOA, Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) must use data and analytics to drive decision-making and increase partnerships and collaboration. The legislation provides WSB with an opportunity to braid innovation and technology into service delivery and referral mechanisms across the large Borderplex region in Far West Texas. In order to do so effectively, WSB recognized the need to conduct diligent research and analytics to build an accurate, user-friendly, and engaging resource inventory (the “Services Navigator”) to connect the broader workforce development system in the Borderplex region.

Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit


Employment Outlook Surveys

Hiring Plans

Talent Shortage Report

Workforce Index

2019 Labor Market Reviews

2018 Labor Market Reviews

2017 Labor Market Reviews

2016 Labor Market Reviews

2015 Labor Market Reviews

Annual Reports

Business Briefs