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Texas Workforce Commissioner Treviño Speaks at McAllen Chamber of Commerce

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Commissioner Alberto Treviño III addressed the importance of developing a skilled workforce in the Rio Grande Valley at the recent Government Affairs Council meeting at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Images by Noah Magnum Gonzalez
Commissioner Alberto Treviño III addressed the importance of developing a skilled workforce in the Rio Grande Valley at the recent Government Affairs Council meeting at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Images by Noah Magnum Gonzalez

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By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

Josh Mejia, President of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce

Commissioner Alberto Treviño III addressed the importance of developing a skilled workforce in the Rio Grande Valley at the recent Government Affairs Council meeting at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as the new Commissioner Representing Labor in January 2023 and confirmed by the Texas Senate in March, Treviño has a background in law enforcement and Border Patrol.

Josh Mejia, President of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, opened the meeting and introduced Gerry Garcia, the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs. She was responsible for putting together this important gathering.

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Present was Dr. Fred Farias, Chairman of the Government Affairs Council, who introduced Commissioner Treviño.

Gerry Garcia, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs. Courtesy Image

Treviño, who is responsible for representing over 14.6 million workers in Texas, emphasized the value of the labor force in shaping the economy. He expressed his enthusiasm for working with the TWC and its numerous programs and said many of which he was previously unaware of.

Dr. Fred Farias, Chairman of the Government Affairs Council

The commissioner shared his recent experience attending the Texas Science and Engineering Fair, where the innovative ideas of young students inspired him. He recounted his conversation with a sixth grader already planning to attend the University of Texas A&M. Treviño emphasized the importance of investing in young minds to build a strong workforce.

Treviño’s goal is to engage communities across Texas in discussions about better ways to equip workers with the necessary skills to thrive. With the state adding 611,400 jobs since February 2022, he is eager to hear from local businesses and workforce partners on supporting and engaging the talented workforce needed for these new jobs.

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The TWC continues to expand services in education, outreach, childcare, apprenticeship, internship, vocational rehabilitation, and services for veterans. In partnership with educational institutions, businesses, and workforce development boards, the TWC prioritizes improving worker skills in healthcare, aerospace, and technology to help workers compete in the job market and provide businesses with trained professionals.

Working together with schools, businesses, and community stakeholders, Treviño believes that creating a well-prepared workforce for the future is possible, driving Texas’s economic growth and development. Born and raised in Harlingen, Treviño is eager to visit all 28 Texas workforce boards by the end of the year to understand their needs and perspectives.

Collaboration and Education: Keys to Strengthening Texas Workforce

As the Government Affairs meeting continued, it was emphasized that collaboration between different sectors is crucial for strengthening the workforce in Texas. With Commissioner Treviño focusing on representing the labor force, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is committed to addressing the state’s growing job market needs.

Collaboration between schools, businesses, and community stakeholders can generate opportunities for innovation and growth. By understanding the unique challenges and strengths of different communities and industries, the TWC can develop tailored approaches to address specific workforce needs.

Education plays a significant role in preparing a highly skilled workforce for higher-wage employment opportunities. By investing in young minds and fostering them, the TWC and its partners can create a pipeline of skilled workers ready to fill in-demand positions.

Aaron Demerson, TWC Commissioner Representing Employers

In summary, fostering strong relationships between various sectors and focusing on education and support services will help Texas build a robust, skilled workforce prepared for the future. As Commissioner Treviño continues to engage with communities and stakeholders across the state, the TWC remains committed to supporting the growth and development of Texas’s workforce and economy.

The gathering concluded with Aaron Demerson, TWC Commissioner Representing Employers expressing his appreciation for everyone participating in the event. He acknowledged the distinct advantage of Texas, which unites the workforce, economic growth, and education. Dr. Farias highlighted the value of engaging with diverse sectors to enhance the community and the state while reasserting the chamber’s dedication to its members.

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