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The Texas Workforce Commission announced the kickoff of its 2019 Summer Earn and Learn program that provides students with disabilities, age 14-22, work readiness training and paid work experience. The program is a partnership between TWC, local Workforce Development Boards and Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS).
Last year, more than 2,400 students participated in the Summer Earn and Learn program where they connected with employers who included Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, KLBK TV in Lubbock and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Throughout the program, students learned about the employers’ industries and developed specialized skills and work experience. Upon completion of the program, some students were presented with the opportunity to become employed full time.
Local Workforce Development Boards, who oversee the Workforce Solutions Offices, will collaborate with local TWS-VRS staff to promote the program and identify students and businesses who are interested in participating. Students will receive work readiness training and connect with local employers where they will have the opportunity to do hands-on work for five weeks or more. The students will learn about the employer’s industry and develop skills and work experience that will prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment.
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