TWC Labor Commissioner Alvarez touts GWAMA as part of employment plan

TWC Labor Commissioner Alvarez touts GWAMA as part of employment plan
Posted on 05/19/2017

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Workforce Commissioner of Labor Julian Alvarez in Waco Praising GWAMA

Julian Alvarez was in Waco again on Wednesday morning speaking to the Central Texas Literacy Coalition gathered at the Texas Workforce offices in Waco. During his speech to the group Alvarez shared his task of overseeing 13.1 million working Texans and his goals for getting people to work. Part of his vision includes helping students study and train for well-paying careers, to assist veterans move into the workforce after their service, and to encourage young females to go into science and technology fields.

It was a continuing message he began in Waco several weeks ago while presenting a $220,000 JET grant to the Waco High Automotive Technology Lab. While at the grant presentation he met an inspiring female automotive student at Waco High. He wants her to speak at an upcoming convention attesting to the kind of things he hopes for all students, but especially females.

After that grant presentation in April, Alvarez toured the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA). He told the Literacy Coalition members “wherever I go across the state I tell them you’ve got to go and see what they’re doing in Waco at Waco ISD.”

He believes that academies like GWAMA and GWAHCA are the future for towns, cities and school districts across the state. They provide a quality education that gives students the choice to immediately enter the workforce with a well-paying position or continue on their career path at TSTC, MCC, or another higher education institution.

The Central Texas Literacy Coalition helps ensure individuals obtain skills by embedding high-quality, proven programming in the business, healthcare and non-profit sectors. Its programs and services are designed to deepen the impact of non-profits, strengthen the business workforce, and build stronger communities.

Programs include:

  • Adult Basic Literacy (ABE; reading & writing for those at or below a 4th-grade proficiency)
  • English as a Second Language for adults
  • High school equivalency exam preparation
  • Early-childhood and family literacy
  • Financial literacy~
  • Computer literacy~
  • Health literacy
  • Workforce development