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  • Parent Share of Cost

    Federal Child Care Development Fund regulations at 45 CFR §98.42 require that parents receiving child care assistance be assessed a parent share of cost. Parent share of cost must be on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income and may be based on other factors as appropriate but may not be based on the cost of care or amount of subsidy payment. . Workforce Solutions identified the need to develop a standardized and applicable methodology for determining the parent share of cost, we wanted to ensure there is a fair and consistent approach across the parents receiving child care services.
    Please check back for updates to the 2020 Parent Share of Cost

  • Living Wage

    Living Wage Definition: The hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family without the need for public assistance. It reflects geographic costs related to a family’s likely minimum food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation and necessities and taxes.

    Our most current living wage is $12.31/hour, calculated in September of 2019. The wage is updated yearly and the Workforce Solutions Borderplex formula considers the following expenses:

    Other necessities

    for an annual living wage of $51,196.00 and an hourly, full-time wage at $12.31. 

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  • 2018 El Paso Workforce Transitions Veterans into Cybersecurity Careers

    It is hard to overstate the economic importance of Fort Bliss on El Paso, with more than $1 billion, it is the largest single industry in El Paso. Each month in El Paso, Texas, approximately 500 Army veterans transition from military careers to civilian life. Vets face unique challenges readjusting to civilian life. Often one of the most significant challenges facing these well-deserving women and men is finding high-growth, civilian career pathways.

  • 2017 Cyber-Security Training Program

    Workforce Solutions Borderplex has identified several in-demand IT occupations, specifically those in cyber security, business process automation and software development, and project management, as emerging in the El Paso region.

  • 2017 JobCon

    Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) and the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) hosted the First Annual JOBCON on Thursday, September 28th, as WSB found that students at this age are curious about careers, and are able to make decisions and changes in their learning track to courses and programs that will guide them towards their career goals.

  • 2017 Reboot El Paso

    In the fall of 2017, Workforce Solutions Borderplex obtained a $241,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant allowed WSB to develop a robust technology training program with industry recognized certifications for disconnected youth to transcend their economic and educational barriers and go in to entry level positions in high-demand IT fields that are emerging in the El Paso region.

  • 2017 YouthBuild El Paso!

    It is anticipated that in the next five years, residential, commercial, and industrial construction will have a big demand for skilled labor, a resource that has been strained in El Paso due to competing growth in other Texas cities. WFSB’s YouthBuild El Paso! offers disconnected youth an opportunity to achieve their GED and gain construction training that produces the skills that are currently in-demand and pathways to high skilled trades in the future.

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  • 2020 Hot Jobs Report

    What are the most in-demand careers in the Borderplex region? What qualifies as making these particular jobs "hot"? The jobs listed in this spreadsheet are projected for 10% or more growth over the next 10 years; there are currently 20 or more current job openings in these industries; and they pay $12.31 or more per hour (entry wage). Don't miss the bus and jump on board the hottest industries in the region!

  • 2020 Cloudy Jobs

    The jobs listed in this spreadsheet are occupations that have a projection of diminishing growth over the next ten years. A full Cloudy Jobs Report will follow shortly. Stay tuned!

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