Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas opens new location

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas held a ribbon cutting Tuesday, April 4, to celebrate the opening of its new administrative offices and Beaumont Workforce Solutions Center at 510 Park St. downtown. The center held a soft opening in December and signed a 10-year lease on the new location, according to Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Board Chair Sue Daniels.
The Beaumont Workforce Solutions Center, now located on the second floor on Park Street, has been consolidated to enhance job seeker and employer access to services such as computers with Internet access, facsimile and telephones, plus meeting rooms and computer labs provided specifically for job search and hiring activities.
Classroom and workshop offices are readily accessible to job seekers who need assistance with résumé preparation, interviewing skills and other job search and career improvement activities such as adult education and literacy (GED), college preparation and vocational rehabilitation services. Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) representatives, contracted childcare services, Job Corps and Senior Services are also located in the Beaumont Workforce Solutions Center. The board’s administrative offices, Regional Solutions Call Center and staff are now located on the first floor.
“It is important that our constituents are able to access quality workforce services and support in a welcoming environment,” said Marilyn Smith, executive director. “Our board members are committed to providing job seekers and businesses effective, quality workforce services to support economic growth, workforce skills improvement, and job opportunities at the highest level possible.”
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas also launched its Workforce Readiness Academy on Wednesday, April 5, to help prepare constituents for employment. Classes, which will run continuously, a week at a time, will teach interviewing techniques, proper work etiquette, and how to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, among other valuable skills.
“We’ve found that some of our customers, they don’t have those skills, and we have many employers that use Excel to do their timekeeping. It’s going to be some basic stuff, but it’s going to give them at least an introduction to it,” said Dana Willis, Beaumont Workforce Solutions Center manager.
According to Mick Normington, business specialist with Texas Workforce Commission – Labor Market and Career Information department, proficiency in Excel is one of the most sought-after skills in the state of Texas.
“Basically when they’re done, they’re going to have a certificate that says they’re ready to go look for work,” Willis said.
For more information, contact the board’s administrative offices at (409) 719-4750.

Photo by Kevin King - Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames and Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick cut the ribbon Tuesday, April 4 to celebrate the opening of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas’ new administrative offices and Workforce Solutions Center.