Workforce Solutions Partners with Windham School District


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DATE: April 25, 2018
CONTACT: Mike Gonzalez
PHONE: 956.332.9741

 

Workforce Solutions Partners with Windham School District
Partnership Intends to Ease Integration into the Workforce for Incarcerated Students

 

 Back, left to right: Omar Treviño, WFS Deputy Director – Organizational Development, Charlene Moriarty, WSD Workforce Specialist, Jeremy Hendricks, Assistant Business Manager, Southwest Laborers District Council (SWLDC), Matthew R. Gonzales, Business Manager, Southwest Laborers District Council (SWLDC), Maria Latorre, Principal at Segovia and Lopez  Front, left to right: Francisco Almaraz, Chief Executive Officer, WFS, Dr. Clint Carpenter, Superintendent, WSD

Back, left to right: Omar Treviño, WFS Deputy Director – Organizational Development, Charlene Moriarty, WSD Workforce Specialist, Jeremy Hendricks, Assistant Business Manager, Southwest Laborers District Council (SWLDC), Matthew R. Gonzales, Business Manager, Southwest Laborers District Council (SWLDC), Maria Latorre, Principal at Segovia and Lopez. 
 
Front, left to right: Francisco Almaraz, Chief Executive Officer, WFS, Dr. Clint Carpenter, Superintendent, WSD

 

McAllen, TX – Representatives from the Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Solutions Board (WFS) and the Windham School District (WSD) met on April 24, 2018 at the WFS Corporate Office to sign a partnership agreement that will lead to the development of a program meant to help offenders rejoin the workforce. WSD intends to form a comprehensive team that will provide incarcerated students with facilitated access to WFS resources and employment/apprenticeship opportunities.

"Our goal is to provide citizens with the necessary resources to seek and secure employment and/or career advancement opportunities, regardless of whether they're incarcerated or not," said WFS Chief Executive Officer Francisco Almaraz. "Offenders who receive training and/or education while incarcerated are more likely to secure and retain employment. This partnership is an opportunity to foster positive change in our community, and we're eager to embark on this collaboration with the Windham School District."

The first educational system to be created within a statewide prison system, WSD was established by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and has since provided an array of academic, vocational and life skills classes to thousands of eligible offenders incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). WSD understands that individuals with a history of incarceration face formidable obstacles in finding employment and rebuilding their lives, and as such uses effective programs to inspire student success on all levels. The result is reduced recidivism and increased success for ex-offenders.

"Windham values the opportunity to partner with the WFS," said WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter. "Together we will focus on aligning education and job training with enhanced opportunities for employment. Former offenders face formidable obstacles in obtaining careers and supporting families. Our collaboration is designed to help our students begin careers, rebuild their lives and strengthen the Texas workforce."

Workforce Solutions serves as the governing body for the workforce development area that includes Hidalgo, Willacy, and Starr counties. The primary goal of the WFS Board is to respond to the needs of local employers and workers through locally designed demand-driven workforce development initiatives.



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