Texas Education & Workforce Summit

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Join us on September 19-20, 2016 for the Texas Education & Workforce Summit, a culmination of the series of workforce and education forums that have been held across the state to assess regional needs and ensure that Texas is poised to compete in an ever-changing 21st century economy. As part of Governor Greg Abbott’s Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, the one and a half-day summit’s featured speakers will include Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes, Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar and TWC Commissioners Ruth Hughs and Julian Alvarez. The commissioners will present their recommendations related to establishing a framework for closer collaboration among public education, higher education, and workforce development entities in Texas.

Agenda and registration for this event can be found on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website:

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Commission on Human Rights Meetings

As of September 1, 2015 the duties and authority of the Texas Commission on Human Rights were transferred to the Texas Workforce Commissioners.

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Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind

Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind (IL-OIB) helps people 55 and older with significant visual impairments live independently in the home and community. A public meeting will be held to hear input from interested Texans on the operation of the IL-OIB program:

Meeting schedule:

September 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Texas Workforce Commission
101 East 15th St, Rm 244
Austin, TX 78701

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Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) Advisory Board Meetings

The six-member JET Advisory Board meets at least once each quarter, or as needed, to review received applications and to recommend grant awards for the JET program.

Meeting Schedule:

Meeting Location:

Texas Workforce Commission
101 E 15th St, Rm 151
Austin, TX 78701

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Rehabilitation Council of Texas

The 15-member Rehabilitation Council of Texas meets at least quarterly to work with TWC Vocational Rehabilitation Services programs to develop, agree to and review state goals and priorities.

Meeting Schedule:

July 18-19, 2016

Meeting Location

Brown Heatly Building
Public Hearing Rm 1420
4900 N Lamar
Austin, TX 78751

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Hiring Red White & You!

Hiring Red, White & You!

The Texas Workforce Commission is proud to announce the fifth annual Hiring Red, White and You! statewide job fair to take place on November 10, 2016. In cooperation with 28 Workforce Solutions partners, the Hiring Red, White & You! Job Fair connects Texas veterans and their spouses with employers who value the experience, discipline and other exceptional qualities that our military heroes possess.

Job Fair locations and participating employers can be found on Hiring Red, White & You! webpage.

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Purchasing from People with Disabilities Advisory Committee

The 13-member Purchasing from People with Disabilities Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the Texas Workforce Commission on matters related to the Texas Purchasing from People with Disabilities program, which assists individuals with disabilities in achieving independence through productive employment opportunities. 

Meeting Schedule:

September 21, 2016

Meeting Location:

Double Tree Hotel
De Zavala Room
6505 N I-35
Austin, TX 78752

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Business Enterprises of Texas (BET) Elected Committee of Managers

The 12-member Business Enterprises of Texas Elected Committee of Managers represents the interests of Texans who are blind who have been licensed as food service managers by the Business Enterprises of Texas program.

Meeting Schedule:

April 16, 2016

Meeting Location

Holiday Inn, Downtown Marina, Corpus Christi
707 N Shoreline Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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28th Annual Products and Services Expo

The Annual Products and Service Expo is presented by TIBH Industries and is designed to raise awareness of the Works Wonders Program, a Texas Workforce Commission initiative that helps employ Texans with disabilities. Join community rehabilitation program representatives for demonstrations and information on the products and services provided through Works Wonders.

Expo Schedule:

September 22, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Expo Location:

Doubletree Hotel Austin
6505 IH-35
Austin, TX 78752

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Texas Business Conferences

Texas Business Conferences

The Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers sponsors the Texas Business Conferences, a series of employer seminars around the state. Employers are encouraged to attend at least one of the seminars in order to learn nuts and bolts information on state and federal employment laws and how to deal with the unemployment claim and appeal process.


2016 Upcoming Texas Business Conferences:

For more information covering issues and interests of Texas employers, see Texas Business Today.

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Annual Texas Workforce Conference

20th Annual Texas Workforce Conference, December 7-9, 2016, Hilton Americas Houston. Register today for the 2016 Annual Texas Workforce Conference!

Don't miss out on the early bird special! Register by October 14, 2016 to receive the discounted rate of $450 per attendee and $500 after the deadline.

Thank you to all of the attendees and presenters at the 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference.  Without your participation, the 2015 conference would not have been such a success.

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Workforce Forum

Photo Conference Meeting

The Texas Workforce Commission Workforce Forum is sponsored by TWC's Workforce and Board Support department. The forum is designed to increase workforce staff capacity through knowledge  and information exchange.





Upcoming Forum:

April 17 - 19, 2017, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 6505 North Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78752

Previous Forum:

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