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The Buzz is a monthly newsletter from Workforce Solutions - Employer Service Division and is issued to provide local labor market information that is timely and meaningful to our partners in the Gulf Coast Region.The Buzz is a monthly newsletter from Workforce Solutions - Employer Service Division and is issued to provide local labor market information that is timely and meaningful to our partners in the Gulf Coast Region.

June 2017

Help Wanted
This Month's Focus:
Highlighting Veterans
What's Inside
In the Spotlight 
Skills for Veterans
Skills For Veterans dedicates $1 million from the Skills Development Fund to address the training needs of post-9/11 veterans returning home and entering the Texas workforce. Skills for Veterans will enhance the skills of veterans, which will benefit Texas employers. Employers who hire post-9/11 era veterans, especially those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn or Operation Enduring Freedom, may be eligible to participate in this training opportunity.
Veteran Services
Workforce Solutions offers veterans and their families help to enter or return to the workforce. On the veterans services page you will find helpful resources and links to programs aimed to help veterans with a variety of things. Such programs as:
- Texas Wide Open for Veterans
- Texas Veterans Portal
- My Next Move
- Career One Stop
- Veterans To Energy
College for Credit
College Credit For Heroes is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to ensure our active duty, former and retired military personnel receive the credit they earned for their service to our country.
Upcoming Events
Young Adult
Hiring Event - Cypress Station
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fast Pass To Work
Wednesday, July 15, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Contact:  Darryl Smith
Hiring Red, White, And You!
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
To have your upcoming event featured in the next issue of The Buzz, 
e-mail us by July 25th!
Got Ideas?
In the Spotlight
We want to make The Buzz a meaningful and useful tool for everyone.  Do you have an idea for a new section?  How about an employer that you'd like to have featured?  We welcome your suggestions and your feedback!
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Employment Resources 
For Veterans
"A Veteran is a fellow citizen, a man or woman who at one significant point in his or her life, made out a blank check payable to the United States of America for any amount up to and including life itself..." - Thomas P. Pallandino, Executive Director of the Texas Veterans Commission.
Veterans are critical to the Texas workforce and often face numerous challenges when looking for employment as they transition or retire from military service.  Concerns, misconceptions, and lack of knowledge about existing support can translate into a lack of employment opportunities for veterans. 
The Texas Veterans Portal is a one stop shop for our veteran customers.  Whether they are looking for assistance with transitioning to civilian life, finding a job, or receiving job training, the Texas Veterans Portal has been designed to help them navigate their way through civilian life.
Make sure your veteran customer knows the resources available to them through the Texas Veterans Portal or Mobile App today!
Find Out More
Why Hire a Veteran?
PROVEN LEADERSHIP: Veterans were put into leadership roles at early stages of their time in the service. Battle proven leadership developed in the military is well beyond that of a similar person in a civilian job.

TEAM PLAYERS: From the early stages of initial training, all members of the military have learned to work in a team environment. Some teams are small, others are huge, but all members of the team know that their efforts are to support the team in reaching the larger objective.

WORK ETHIC: The work ethic of veterans is unparalleled due to the need to depend on each other for their lives. Every military person knows that their life and success depends on their teammates. As a result, the work ethic of veterans is vastly stronger than the average civilian work ethic. People who have served in the military gained experience working long hours in non-traditional environments.

TRAINING AND EDUCATION: Today's military veterans have been training in nearly every occupation imaginable, with a strong emphasis on technology. Most of the training schools of the military that teach technology, leadership, sales, management and operations surpass those available to civilians.

TAX CREDITS: Federal tax benefits may be available to employers that hire veterans under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Hiring multiple WOTC-qualified employees can result in significant reduction in federal income taxes. Companies can receive up to a $9,600 tax credit by hiring a veteran. 
Red, White, and You!
The 2016 Hiring Red, White and You! Annual Veterans Job Fair was a tremendous success!  We connected over 4,000 customers to nearly 160 employers and 20 Veterans Service Organizations. This year's event is being planned for Thursday, November 9th again at Minute Maid Park. Stay tuned for more details.

Click the video above to watch some highlights from the 2016 Red, White and You! Job Fair.
Did you Know?
Employer Spotlight
Comcast Comcast has announced an initiative  to hire 10,000 reservists, veterans and their spouses or domestic partners in 2017. The new employees will work in a variety of positions across all levels of the organization, including network engineering, technology, operations, theme parks and resorts, programming, customer service, marketing, human resources, and other careers. They have a committed to hire 1,000 Veterans in the Houston Area.
To view the job postings, go to and look up WIT-ID#1566232
Got a Candidate?
 **Hot Jobs from**  
I Los Plumbing Company, LLC is currently seeking a journeyman plumber. Ideal candidates must have a military background and a valid Texas Journeyman Plumber license. The right candidate will maintain the flow and drainage of water, air, and other gases by assembling, installing, and repairing pipes, fittings, and plumbing fixtures.
immarsat Inmarsat Solutions US Inc. is currently hiring project coordinators. Ideal candidates will be responsible for assisting in planning and assigning work to field technicians for ad-hoc and annual services. This post is for veterans only.
Recent News
Success Stories
Success Story: Jasmine B
Jasmine spent the last two years as a Security Officer earning $9.25 an hour.  Before that, she worked briefly in retail and enjoyed interacting with customers and providing assistance.  Her lack of work history was an obstacle to obtaining better employment, so she was convinced that earning $9.25 per hour in the Security field was the best chance for her. Workforce Solutions presented her resume to a Mortgage Services company for a Customer Consultant position where she would be able to use her people skills and start a new career.  The employer was impressed by her personality and train-ability and hired her as a Customer Support Consultant on June 5, 2017. Jasmine is now earning $12 an hour and is enjoying her new career.
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