November is the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful time to be with family and friends and share a meal together and take time to be thankful for our blessings. Thanksgiving conjures up pictures of turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and other special family treats. Of course, then there are the parades and football games that take place in between naps and cooking and left overs.

As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide Thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “As a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.

Years later, President Lincoln in 1863 invited…

My fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863. I am grateful to President Washington for putting aside a special time of thanksgiving, and to President Lincoln for establishing it as a holiday in November, which also kicks off the winter and holiday season for most of us.

There is so Much to be Grateful for at This Time

We live in a nation that is a democracy – we have the right to voice our opinions, we have the right to vote, we have to right to the pursuit of happiness, and all of us have opportunities to excel in whatever we would like to do to further our education and careers. Texas is a great state to live in, and our Gulf Coast Region is especially rich in employers, jobs, and educational opportunities.

At Workforce Solutions our mission is to help employers meet their human resource needs and individuals build careers. We strive hard to provide assistance to employers throughout the region so that they can find qualified, trained and skilled candidates. We also work with individuals to assist them in finding jobs, retaining jobs, and getting training or education in order to advance to better opportunities.

Do you need your GED?

Many employers require at least a high school education from job seekers. We can refer you to our Adult Education and Literacy providers for grant funded programs so that you can be better equipped in today’s job market.

Do You Need Better Skills & More Training to Get a Better Job?

There are many Workforce programs available in our region where you can earn a certificate or license quickly so that you can pursue better opportunities and higher wages. Workforce Solutions also offers Financial Aid in our High Skill High Growth Occupations. For more information on scholarship opportunities, grant funded programs or training please visit a Workforce Solutions Office, or visit our website at Workforce Solutions to learn more.

Thanksgiving gives us a time to remember to be thankful for what we have and the opportunities that are available to each and every one of us. Be grateful for the little things, focus on the positive and what is important to you, and may you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and beyond.


Velta Worley is a member of the Regional Navigator Team specializing in training, educating, and assisting community partners, Workforce Solutions staff, and job seekers throughout the 13 county region with adult education and literacy, and employment for people experiencing homelessness.  She has over 8 years corporate management experience, and over 9 years with Workforce Solutions as a Facilitator, Technical Assistant, and Office Manager, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University.

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