Texas Economy Adds 23,600 Jobs in July



The latest Employment report shows that Texas added an estimated 173,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. Texas’ total nonfarm seasonally adjusted employment increased by 23,600 jobs in July’s preliminary estimate. The state has added jobs in 14 of the last 15 months.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent in July, up slightly from 4.5 percent in June, and remained below the national rate of 4.9 percent.

The Professional and Business Services industry recorded the largest private industry employment gain over the month with 10,000 jobs added. Construction employment expanded by 7,800 jobs in July. Education and Health Services employment increased by 7,600 jobs.

The Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6 percent, followed by the Lubbock MSA with a rate of 4.1 percent in July.

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Working Together to Build a Stronger Workforce

Working together is nothing new for staff at Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas (WFS Dallas) and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). They began collaborating more than a decade ago, with DARS staff visiting workforce centers and participating in Workforce Disability Awareness training, as well as providing assistive technology training and technical assistance.

With the upcoming transition of certain DARS programs to TWC, employees vocational rehabilitation specialists will begin co-locating at workforce centers across the state over the next few years. At WFS Dallas, that transition will come later, but the path toward strong collaboration has already been established as some combined staffers who have been working side-by-side already, are learning they can benefit from each other’s expertise.

When the collaboration began, workforce staff arranged space in centers for DARS staff meetings and Job Club, held WorkInTexas.com workshops and provided information on workforce services, hiring events, job leads, seminars and orientations.

Workforce staff has built on that foundation with employer education workshops and hiring events for job seekers with disabilities. These events create awareness about workplace accessibility, universal design and assistive technology.

Workforce staff makes weekly visits to the DARS Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Irving Field Office to work one-on-one with vocational rehabilitation consumers.

“This relationship has resulted in an increased number of placements for DRS consumers as our representative assists them directly with placement through WorkInTexas.com,” says Brenda Russell, Irving area manager.

In May 2015, WFS Dallas created a Disability Services Pilot Program, hiring six talent development specialists to provide job-seeking services specifically for people with disabilities, such as résumé writing assistance, networking, interview preparation, referrals and accommodations.

DARS area managers quickly embraced the pilot and invited the talent development specialists to co-locate within eight DARS offices to streamline delivery of employment related services and support.

“We worked together to develop employment strategies and resources to help people with disabilities become employed,” says Gena Swett, Rehabilitation Services program Specialist. “The talent development specialist traveling to each DARS field offices has been very successful with helping people with disabilities obtain employment.”

The pilot program has placed more than 140 job seekers with a wide variety of disabilities in competitive, integrated jobs. The DARS/WFS Dallas co-locations showcases teamwork and lays the groundwork for the full integration of co-located services that will happen over the next few years.

“The pilot did everything we hoped. DARS staff and workforce center staff are working on the same outcome,” says Laurie Bouillion Larrea, WFS Dallas President. “Now we work seamlessly and the employer sees more robust and diverse talent. This is working!”

Undrae Knox, a Rehabilitation Services manager at the co-located office, says the co-location has paid dividends because it allows convenient face-to-face contact with, and real-time feedback from, WFS specialists. Knox has some simple advice to other co-locating staff.

“The co-location is a resource and when helping our consumers, we can never have too many resources, especially when they are in-house,” Knox says.

 

Blind Services Assisting Texans to Secure Employment

The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program and services are transferring to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on September 1, 2016. VR services will be administered under the new program name Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services at TWC.

The program promotes independent and productive lives for adults and youth with disabilities by helping them  prepare for, find and advance in employment. This program serves individuals with a variety of disabilities and is currently administered through two divisions at DARS—one for individuals who are blind, the other for all other disabilities. The legislation that transferred the program to TWC also requires that the two divisions merge into one division that will serve all disabilities by October 1, 2017.

VR services for  people who are blind or visually impaired are specifically designed to help them prepare for and obtain or retain high quality careers.  To accomplish this, individuals who are blind and visually impaired are provided  training to live independently, and to be successful in school and beyond.  Some of these services include:

  • Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC)
    • CCRC is a comprehensive, residential training facility located in Austin, Texas, that works in partnership with VR consumers with visual impairments to help them achieve their employment and independent living goals. CCRC offers training in core skills such as orientation and mobility, Braille, daily living skills and career development.
  • Transition Services
    • Transitions services, a subset of  services in the VR program, partner with  students and youth with vision loss, and those who may have additional disabilities, to assist with making an effective transition from school to adulthood and the workforce.  Through career exploration and guidance, educational support at school, peer supports and mentors, work-based learning opportunities, and the provision of a wide variety of activities that also promote independent living and travel skills, these services help consumers prepare for and make informed decisions about their future goals related to employment, post-secondary training, and post-school life.
  • Deafblind Services
    • Deafblind services are provided by a specialized unit that serves VR consumers who experience a combination of deafness and blindness. Deafblind services help VR consumers prepare for and find employment by providing assistive technology, education, training, and other needed resources.

In addition, TWC will administer the Business Enterprises of Texas (BET) program. The VR program works closely with BET by collaborating to identify individuals with visual impairments who are suitable to complete training to become licensed food service and vending management professionals. BET managers earn their personal income from profits produced by their businesses, which are located on state and federal properties.

Information related to the transition of DARS programs to TWC can be found on the TWC Transition webpage and the DARS Transition webpage.

For information about programs transferring to HHSC, visit the HHSC Transformation webpage.

 

Education and skills blossom into a new career for one Austin-area youth

Mario & building best091.jpgWhen Mario Castor learned that he was selected for the Workforce Solutions Capital Area (Capital Area) Excellence through Individual Achievement (Youth) award in Austin, he hesitated to even attend the Capital Area October 2015 awards presentation luncheon. Until he heard his accomplishments read out loud, he had not realized how much he had achieved in the last three years. He walked away from the luncheon with a great sense of achievement.

Mario overcame some tough circumstances. A high school dropout, he was struggling to make a living and support his family through a minimum-wage, fast-food job, when he realized he had to make some changes.

“I was hanging out with the wrong friends and I faced not being able to finish high school. I had little personal motivation and I questioned my existence [in life]. I was a shy person and full of anger, but inside me there was a flower that wanted to bloom.”

Mario’s inner desires began to take root when he found resources that not only guided him with an education plan, but also provided marketable skills that laid a foundation for employment. He registered with the Texas Workforce Commission’s WorkInTexas.com job database through Capital Area and began preparing not just for a job, but a career.

Through Capital Area’s Youth Employment Partnership he connected with American YouthWorks (AYW) where young, low-income people (ages 14-21) are exposed to work-ready and life skills through training programs and services that help them achieve their goals. Some of the programs and services include: GED test preparation or high school graduation guidance, job skills training, job placement, paid work experience, and community service opportunities. AYW provides ongoing community resources and offers project-based enrichment programs to help young people succeed.

With the help of nutrients from these resources, the flower began to grow. Over three years, Mario participated in 456 hours of training and service at AYW. He learned construction skills that included electrical wiring and air conditioning service and installation. He enrolled at Austin Community College, and within three months earned a welding certification. He continued to excel in various industry skills which led to a higher wages.

Mario is now a certified Roofing Torch Applicator working full-time for a commercial construction company and is on an in-demand career path that allows him to support his family.

“Workforce Solutions Capital Area is proud of Mario’s many accomplishments,” said Capital Area’s Deputy Executive Director Tamara Atkinson.  “Through his story, we are reminded of how valuable case management and support services are in assisting clients to reach their goals.”

When asked how he would advise other young people struggling to find their career path, he suggested that services through Capital Area’s youth partnerships can really help someone achieve beyond their expectations.

“There are people who can help. Look to Goodwill (Goodwill Career & Technical Academy) and AYW. In my family, I am the first to graduate from high school. I did it at 20 years old, but I did it! AYW became my second family and they continue to support me,” Mario shared. “I can rely on them.”

Rarely, do you see a flower in bloom standing alone. Mario’s life-shift has inspired others as well. At least a dozen of his friends have been motivated to improve their own life choices and he has laid the foundation for a better future for his six-year old son, who he now helps with his schoolwork.

“Mario’s story inspires me. Keeping young people engaged is a big part of my job, but at the end of the day, it’s their successes that keep me motivated and hopeful of the future,” said Vanessa Perez, Mario’s case manager from AYW. “Mario’s success is what happens when partnerships in the community come together, and invest in our young people.”

In addition to being a helpful dad, Mario recently served on the AYW Alumni Circle where he is able to connect with and motivate the new students in the program so that they too can blossom and reach their potential.

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Helping AT&T through Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

Relocation can be challenging for most companies, but when you are one of the largest telecommunications firms in the world, moving to a new city can present a host of bigger challenges and opportunities.

Fortunately, AT&T was able to partner with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas (WFSDallas) and its various services to meet their recruitment, training and hiring needs.

AT&T has a long history of bringing innovation and jobs to Texas, and in 2008, made the decision to relocate its corporate office from San Antonio to Dallas. The move created the opportunity for new partnerships and an investment in the DFW community.

“AT&T’s commitment to the communities we serve, live and work is well known,” said AT&T’s Vice President of Talent Management Julie Bugala. “Our $350 million education-focused giving through AT&T Aspire is making a difference – and we’ll continue to support local partnerships and programs that show results.”

Within a few short years after relocation, AT&T announced plans for business expansion through Project Velocity IP (VIP) and once again WFSDallas and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) were there to help. With the expansion of services through VIP, came the need for a custom-trained workforce. In 2012, AT&T expressed a need to fill hundreds of newly created jobs and reached out to the Dallas County Community College District El Centro College to partner on a Skills Development Fund grant program application through TWC.

Through the Skills Development Fund, businesses are able to partner with local community colleges to apply for state-funded customized job-training for new and incumbent employees.

During this first phase of funding, El Centro was awarded $1,919,856 to provide instruction to 800 new AT&T employees. Workers hired for the training were able to enter into a Telecommunications Career Pathway, which would lead to higher wages and career advancement within AT&T and would be transferable to other careers in the telecommunications industry.

In 2016, in response to growing demand in the telecommunications and information technology sector, AT&T initiated another phase of training through an additional $999,704 Skills Development Fund grant to train 400 more employees.

“The economic growth of the telecommunications and information technology sector has allowed the Dallas area to benefit from a skilled workforce,” said WFSDallas President Laurie Bouillion Larrea. “We are proud to partner with AT&T as it continues to expand products and services worldwide, while bringing career opportunities to local jobseekers.”

AT&T continues to partner with WFSDallas to hire workers and provide technical skills that prepare its workforce for new career opportunities. Through WorkInTexas.com, hiring events and skills grants, AT&T has improved the ease of recruitment and has developed a reputation for providing customized and comprehensive training plans for new workers.

WFSDallas connects employers like AT&T to collaborative opportunities in our communities to help skill up the future workforce,” said Bugala.

With 28 local workforce development boards across the state offering direct consultation and customized workforce services, in FY2015, approximately 88,811 employers received human resource assistance and other outreach services to address their business needs.

Bugala touts AT&T’s ongoing support in the DFW community through programs that will help the telecommunications industry maintain a ready and skilled workforce. “…Like our new initiative with Seagoville High school, where we are the corporate collaborator for the newly forming PTECH (Pathways in Technology) program and our partnership with Eastfield College, where AT&T will provide student mentoring and curriculum consultation.”

Texas Economy Adds 7,200 Jobs in June


The latest Employment report shows that Texas added an estimated 171,100 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. Texas’ total nonfarm seasonally adjusted employment increased by 7,200 jobs in June’s preliminary estimate. The state has added jobs in 14 of the last 15 months.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in June, up slightly from 4.4 percent in May, and remained below the national average of 4.9 percent.

The Leisure and Hospitality industry added 5,200 jobs in June. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality gained 53,800 jobs. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment added 3,900 jobs in June. Manufacturing employment expanded by 1,000 jobs in June.

The Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.3 percent, followed by the Sherman-Denison and Lubbock MSAs each with rates of 3.9 percent in June.

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Establishing pathways to align education and employment for adult learners

Integrating adult learners into postsecondary education and training programs is one of the many ways that the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) adult education and literacy (AEL) program is improving connections that link adult students with workforce skills that will improve their employment prospects. In less than one college semester, Texas adults can move from lacking basic employment skills to being on track for a suitable occupation by participating in a career pathway training program.

Working alongside employers, Texas Workforce Solutions (local workforce development boards), adult education providers, community colleges, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), TWC’s AEL program is creating opportunities to further adult education programs and assist more individuals in gaining employment skills through grants supporting the expansion of integrated education and training (IET) programs. IET programs are successful because they concurrently enroll adult students in contextualized basic education courses, such as reading and math at the same time while they learn high demand skills such as welding. The classroom content becomes more relevant and meaningful to students who are applying what they learn in an employment setting, which results in accelerated learning, helping the adult learner to enter the workforce more quickly.

“Supporting the workforce needs of Texas’ diverse economy requires collaboration to scale innovative, accelerated models of training that provide adult learners with the in-demand skills required to go to work,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We will continue to gather input from regional stakeholder on the most effective strategies to achieve desired outcomes.”

In support of the state’s Accelerate TEXAS initiative, TWC is providing $500,000 in grant funding to support an expansion of the career pathway program through a community college mentoring grant. Houston Community College (HCC) will lead the mentoring college consortium consisting of Alamo Colleges, Amarillo College, South Texas College and the Tarrant County College District. These colleges will assist other colleges and providers in establishing career pathway programs, similar to the successful models operated by the consortium colleges for adults. Accelerate TEXAS is the state’s initiative to help adult students acquire basic skills and progress on a pathway toward a high-demand occupation.

“Accelerate TEXAS is the best thing that has ever happened to adult education. If you want underprepared students to complete postsecondary credentials and enter employment, integrated education and training is the best way to do it,” said HCC Director of Adult Education Dr. David Joost. “Of all the education and training initiatives that have come and gone over the years, Accelerate TEXAS is different, it works and it’s here to stay.”

Expanding these efforts, TWC has teamed up with the THECB to enable 620 adults to gain industry-recognized certifications through a $1.9 million grant to support the expansion of AEL and IET programs at South Texas College, Alamo Colleges, Lone Star College and Trinity Valley Community College. Accelerate TEXAS initiatives support the state’s ambitious 60x30TX strategic plan for higher education that has the overarching goal of ensuring at least 60 percent of Texans aged 25 to 34 have a postsecondary degree or recognized certification by the year 2030. One of the 60x30TX strategies is to provide high-quality education programs for educationally underserved adults.

“This important initiative allows us to partner with educational organizations that will help Texans gain basic skills needed for employment,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “These strong partnerships are also essential in creating the talent pipeline employers need to keep our Texas workforce competitive and growing.”

Continuing the effort to reach the goals of the state’s 60x30TX strategic plan, Region 6 Education Service Center was granted $515,020 in funds to develop reading and math institutes to enhance classroom strategies that will increase adult learners’ success in math and reading. Region 6 will recruit teachers in the various AEL programs across the state to become trainers for that region. AEL teachers will obtain math and reading knowledge needed to promote adult learner success in the programs.

“Career pathway training is an excellent resource to help individuals obtain the skills and credentialing needed to seek out and apply for the high-demand jobs across Texas,” said Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

In FY 2015, TWC found that more than 4,800 adult students, who had been unemployed when they entered an adult education program, began working in the first quarter after completing the program.

Vocational Rehabilitative Services Restoring Confidence for Texans with Disabilities

Smiling business man disabled interviewing candidate in an office

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is eagerly preparing to welcome vocational rehabilitation programs operated by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to the Workforce Solutions family this September.

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program helps people with a variety of disabilities prepare for, find, keep or advance in employment. Gaining skills needed for a career, learning how to prepare for a job interview or getting the accommodations needed to stay employed are just a few of the ways this program helps people with disabilities increase productivity and independence.

There are many stories that illustrate the success of VR program consumers. As you read their stories, you will note a common theme of consumers determined to achieve their dreams through the help of VR programs. See full list of consumer success stories.

Information related to the transition of DARS programs to TWC can be found on the TWC Transition webpage and the DARS Transition webpage.

For information about DARS programs transferring to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), visit the HHS Transformation webpage.

The Texas Workforce Commission: 20 Years of Innovative Leadership in Workforce Development

The men and women of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) are preparing to enter the agency’s third decade of service just as they did when the agency began in 1996, by consolidating agencies and programs, and planning for integration of services that will provide streamlined connections to employment for all Texans.

Twenty years ago, 28 employment-related workforce, training and education programs from 10 agencies consolidated to create the Texas Workforce Commission. Over the years, other programs and agencies have joined the amalgamation, and with the upcoming addition of vocational rehabilitation programs from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) this September, the efforts to connect all Texans with good jobs, and all Texas employers with skilled workers, will again expand through the integration of services and programs.

Also 20 years ago, the integrated model of regional workforce service delivery was born through the creation of the Texas Workforce System network that would later become known as Texas Workforce Solutions. The Texas model for locally controlled, market-driven integrated service delivery was subsequently incorporated into federal legislation that guides workforce programs across the nation including the Wagner-Peyser Act Amendment of 1998, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2015.

“The visionaries that created our model for workforce services, established a system that continues to allow for flexible solutions to local workforce needs that serve the employers of our state and the communities we serve well,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Over the years, we have continued to find innovative ways to form partnerships and leverage resources to address the state’s workforce needs head on.”

Today, TWC and 28 independent local workforce development boards along with adult education partners (added through the transfer of the Adult Education and Literacy program to TWC in 2013) comprise Texas Workforce Solutions. The accomplishments that span the history of the TWC and the Workforce Solutions network are numerous.

During this 20-year span, millions of Texans have received employment services. These services include job placement, assistance with job -search resources, résumé and application preparation, job training and referrals, and many more. Most employment services are provided through Workforce Solutions offices, or career centers, located throughout the state and operated by the Workforce Solutions boards.

Texas Workforce Solutions Permian Basin Executive Director Willie Taylor has been the leader of that region’s local board since the inception of the Texas model and has seen how the system’s design has evolved over the years.

“Now that our system has matured, it gives me great pleasure to see how we are more flexible and responsive to industry needs and to job seekers, and are building a solid partnership with education,” said Taylor. “Thanks to the leadership and staff at TWC and the collaboration between TWC and the local boards, our Texas model is truly changing the lives of customers in our communities.”

Judy McDonald, executive director of Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County has also seen how Texas’ position as a national leader in workforce development has served her community and the state over the past 20 years.

“It has been our great luck to be in the state that is leading innovation in workforce development,” said McDonald. “The Texas system vision has allowed for local flexibility to collaboratively innovate and design the delivery of services. I believe this respect for local intelligence and creativity has resulted in a much more effective, efficient and responsive system. In the last two decades, together we have transformed the depth of our community impact and achieved legendary statewide success.”

The needs of employers are key to the success of this community –focused system. Over the past two decades, the emphasis on employer engagement has tripled the number of employers utilizing workforce system services each year. An estimated 90,000 employers will be served by the Workforce Solutions network this year through employee training programs, applicant screening and referrals, job fairs, analysis of labor market information and many other customized services that help equip Texas businesses with the skilled workforce they need.

“Texas has gained the recognition of being the best state for business, and is committed to serving Texas employers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The evolution of services provided by the Texas Workforce Solutions network, has played a huge role in job creation and the economic prosperity of our state and we can take pride in all that this agency has accomplished.”

The state’s Skills Development Fund job-training program is one example of a successful program that serves employers, workers and communities by providing in-demand skills training. The program has expanded over the years and has helped create or upgrade more than 334,800 jobs since its inception which coincides with the 1996 creation of TWC. Recent expansions of the program have funded specialized training for small businesses and veterans.

One important TWC contribution to the pro-business climate in Texas has come through leveraging resources and applying innovative bond strategies to keep the employer tax burden to a minimum, even during tumultuous periods that resulted from national economic downturns.

During those downturns and other difficult times, TWC has provided millions of job seekers who found themselves without work, through no fault of their own, with unemployment benefits to help them get by until they were able to return to work. In 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, more than 134,000 Texans received unemployment assistance after being separated from employment as a result of the storms. In addition, Texas Workforce Solutions kicked into high gear to support thousands of displaced families from along the Gulf Coast who were impacted by the storms.

“Helping individuals connect to employment opportunities that will set them on a course for a prosperous career path is vital to our state’s success,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “This agency and its partners will build on the achievements of the past 20 years and continue to support initiatives that will make these connections possible.”

One such initiative came in 2004, with the launch of a first-of-its kind statewide job matching website called WorkInTexas.com. Since its launch, more than 2.4 million jobs have been filled through connections made from the site. Over the years, the site has undergone continual refinement and enhancements and today boasts more than 250,000 current job openings and more than 425,000 active résumés.

In 2008, TWC created the Texas Veterans Leadership Program to provide military service members with peer-guided assistance as they transition to civilian life and work. Many other veteran-focused initiatives including the College Credit for Heroes program and the Hiring Red, White and You! statewide hiring events have been added to help our returning heroes quickly transition to civilian careers.

The Workforce Solutions network has provided other support services like child care and transportation assistance to millions of Texans to help them overcome barriers to access training and employment.

The ongoing mission of the Texas Workforce Commission and its Workforce Solutions partners is to maximize the power of innovation and partnerships to boost superior business outcomes and realize a competitive advantage for all Texans in the global economy. Through consolidation and integration of state programs and services that address that mission and collaborating with other agencies and community partners, TWC can build on its rich history and take on the next 20 years with the spirit of initiative that has served it throughout its history.

Business Enterprises of Texas provides food management opportunities for Texans who are blind

As the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) eagerly prepares to welcome some programs operated by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to the Workforce Solutions family on September 1, TWC and DARS staff are working closely together to ensure that the transfer will be seamless for DARS consumers and agency partners.

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TWC leadership tour a BET Facility in Austin, Texas.

The Business Enterprises of Texas (BET) program is one program transferring to TWC. BET is a federally sponsored, state-administered program that provides food management opportunities for Texans who are blind. BET participants must be recommended by the Vocational Rehabilitation program as good candidates for training to become licensed food service and vending management professionals.

  • BET vending and dining facilities are located on state, federal and private properties across Texas
  • BET managers produce $50 million in annual sales
  • BET facilities employed over 1,400 Texans in 2015
  • Ten BET facilities received updates to kitchen and vending equipment and to bring fresh new looks to dining areas in 2015
  • Licensed BET managers may serve on the BET Elected Committee of Managers, which helps the program remain successful

At no cost to business owners, the BET program helps establish a facility onsite by providing assistance laying out services and providing equipment for the kitchen, dining room, or break areas. Once the food service or vending facility is up and running, the program supplies a trained BET manager to run daily operations. Managers provide

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BET dining facility.

excellent service, freshly prepared and nutritious food and a clean environment at their vending and dining facilities. BET managers earn their personal income from profits produced by their businesses.

Information related to the transition of DARS programs to TWC can be found on the TWC Transition webpage and the DARS Transition webpage.

For information about DARS programs transferring to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), visit the HHS Transformation webpage.