Texas Initiative to Connect Veterans to Training, Jobs in High-Demand Industries

The Texas Workforce Commission last week launched an initiative to boost the hiring of veterans in some of the state’s most high-demand industries — petrochemical, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

The commission designated $4.3 million from the state’s Skills Development Fund to establish the Veteran and Industry Partnership (VIP), which will link industry associations, local Workforce Solutions partners and community colleges to develop training for veterans.

“VIP recognizes the exceptional skills that veterans bring to the workforce and strives to connect them with jobs in expanding industries,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.

Local workforce development boards have partnered with industry leaders and 17 colleges throughout Texas to identify high-demand workforce needs in local areas and develop expedited training programs for veterans, reported the Waxahachie Daily Light. All three industry training initiatives will allow participants to attain short-term certificates and industry-recognized credentials.

“The training developed by VIP will give veterans credit for their years of training and experience in the military, and emphasize the need for immediate job placement after completion,” said Commissioner Ronny Congleton.

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