Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Awards of Excellence

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas honored the 2016 outstanding employers, job seekers, sponsors and partners at its Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 4, at its new administrative offices and Beaumont Workforce Solutions Center at 510 Park St. downtown. The Workforce Board recognized area employers for their contribution to the workforce system through implementation of innovative initiatives, which positively affected workers and local communities.
Team Fabricators LLC was recognized as 2016 Employer of the Year, while American Valve and Hydrant Manufacturing was recognized as 2016 Small Employer of the Year.
The board also recognized the sponsors and partners for the second annual Youth Career Expo held last September at Ford Park. Platinum sponsors of the event were Industry of Southeast Texas (ISET) and International Safety Training Council (ISTC). Gold Sponsors were ExxonMobil and Lamar University. Silver sponsors included 5Point Credit Union, Entergy Texas, Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR), Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT), Lamar State College – Orange, Lamar State College Port Arthur, Triple “S” Industrial Corporation, UA Plumbers Local Union 68, The Lee Group, and IBEW Local 479.
Partners for the Youth Career Expo recognized were Region 5 Education Service Center, Southeast Texas Human Resource Association (SETHRA), Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle (JA) and Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Workforce Solutions Center staff were recognized as well for performance in unemployment claimants. The group received the 2016 Outstanding Contractor Performance award and a $30,000 award from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) for putting unemployment claimants in Southeast Texas back to work in an expedited period, saving the state and businesses tax dollars.
Three Southeast job seekers were recognized for their successful partnership with the workforce to overcome barriers in their journey to self-sufficiency. Those 2016 Job Seekers of the Year are Stephanie Martin, Markendria Hebert and Dr. Michael Schmurr.
Additionally, the board recognized the following members for their years of service on the Workforce Development Board: Cliff Hardeman (retiring board member), Sue Daniels (10 years), Rickey Simmons III (9 years), Verna Rutherford and John Michael Penny (five years each).
Jefferson County Judge and Workforce Board lead chief elected official (CEO) Jeff Branick was the guest speaker.
After the awards presentation, the Board and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly relocated Beaumont Workforce Solutions Workforce Center, the Regional Solutions Call Center, and the Board Administrative offices.

Photo by Kevin King - American Valve and Hydrant Manufacturing is 2016 Small Employer of the Year. Receiving the award is Pamela Young, HR director, American Valve & Hydrant, from Sue Daniels, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas board chair.