If you are thinking about working on your high school equivalency or obtaining a certificate or diploma designed to train for a Board-approved Target Occupation at a local Community College, Workforce Solutions Panhandle can help you.
We have job training funds available to assist those who meet eligibility requirements. These funds typically assist with tuition, fees, books and related training supplies. Each of these trainings are focused on occupations in demand in the local area with the expectation that customers will accept and retain employment with local employers.
We can also offer individualized services to assist with transportation needs, work-related clothing and tools, and individualized job search assistance.
Who Is Eligible?
Adults who are unemployed or underemployed and need additional training to increase their earning potential. Priority is given to veterans, spouses of veterans, foster youth, recipients of public assistance, low-income individuals, and individuals who are basic skills deficient.
Adults who have lost their jobs due to their employer experiencing downsizing, loss of contracts, financial difficulty, technology upgrades, or relocation may be eligible. Other dislocated workers such as recently released military veterans and spouses, along with displaced homemakers may be eligible.
Proof of each item below is required:
- Must be at least age 18 or older
- Authorized to work in the United States
- Registered in Selective Service. Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
Special Services for Youth
Youth who are under the age of 24 may also be eligible based on individual circumstances. Youth Connections can assist motivated young adults who are authorized to work in the U.S., registered with selective service (if required) and are experiencing challenges to workforce success.
You may be eligible for services included but not limited to:
- GED or High School Equivalency Preparation
- Post-Secondary Education Services
- Paid and unpaid work experience including employment and an apprenticeship program
- Occupational skills training
- Leadership Development
- Financial literacy
- Supportive Services
- Career awareness, Career counseling, career exploration, etc.
We’re here to assist your success, call or come in today and speak to one of the Youth Connections Team!
Youth Connections Staff
A list of occupations that offer a career pathway, good wages, and benefits in the local economy has been identified and is called the Target Occupations List. For an occupation to be included on this list, it must fit the criteria below:
- Provide an average entry-level hourly wage of $12 or more;
- Achieve total annual average job openings of 10 or more; and
- Have associated training programs that can be completed within two to three years.
Additional occupations found in other industries that are validated with input from local businesses and economic developers may be added to the Target Occupations.
See All Target Occupations
Current Target Occupations
Please visit these additional resources for further job training services and assistance:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA
- Money Smart Training
- Department of Public Safety
- Texas Reality Check