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Moving Forward with Adult Education

Diego TrevinoIf you are like me, high school was not the best time of your life. I am not an academic by any means and struggled with the required classes I had no interest in. I passionately despised those classes and they made my high school career miserable. I remember thinking to myself, “if only college allowed students to take only the classes related to their career, and let them forget the rest!” I would have loved for this to be the case, but it wasn’t. Fast forward 10+ years, and now community colleges are offering programs to accelerate your career path without all of the classes unrelated to your major. Continue reading ‘Moving Forward with Adult Education’

Presidents Day 2018

Daniel MabryPresidents Day is February 19, 2018. Initially, the federal government set aside this day to honor George Washington on his birthday because of his determination during the American Revolution and as the first president of the United States of America. However, that day has evolved into the popularly known holiday it is today because of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act which created more three-day weekends for our nation’s workforce. Many states observe this day for all presidents both past and present.

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2018 New Year, New Relationships

FriedaNew Year’s resolutions and job search are a lot like romantic relationships. Some job seekers choose to flirt with the idea of looking for work. Some prefer dating without limits, and are open to any and all possibilities. While others, are more marriage-minded and looking for their one and only love: a career focused opportunity! Continue reading ‘2018 New Year, New Relationships’

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Velta WorleyWhen you were in junior high or high school, what type of career did you want? Were you looking at college, and if so, how did you decide what to major in? I realize that my own high school experience was lacking in both reality and guidance towards the future. Very often our decisions are made based on what we see around us, what’s popular at the time, or even influenced by family and friends. Continue reading ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

All Jobs are Important

David SpearsAs we remember the days just after Hurricane Harvey visited us, we are reminded all jobs are important. I could not imagine what I would have done without that grocery store cashier or the convenience store clerk to provide a service to me; not to mention the demolition contractor, carpenter, and insurance appraiser. I also relied on several volunteers who helped me remove items from my home or provide food and shelter after the disaster – for free! All of Houston and surrounding areas witnessed a clear illustration of how all jobs are important, paid or unpaid. Continue reading ‘All Jobs are Important’

Higher Education vs. Apprenticeships

Diego Trevino“There are many ways to brew coffee.” When preparing for your dream job, you will find a variety of ways to gain the skills necessary, just like there are a variety of ways to brew your morning cup. The services Workforce Solutions offers can provide several of these ways in the form of training for and obtaining these skills. We have partners all over the 13-county Gulf Coast region who strive to make sure their customers (or students) reach their educational goals. Continue reading ‘Higher Education vs. Apprenticeships’

Research Labor Market Information

David SpearsOne of the first steps to take in any job search plan is to review labor market information particular to your skills and interests (information on skills evaluation can be found in previous blogs). Labor market is defined as “the supply of available workers in relation to available work.” With labor market information, we can find what training or education is necessary, what is the predicted growth of an industry, the average salary for the occupation, and a host of other information. Continue reading ‘Research Labor Market Information’