Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area administers several programs that are designed to assist eligible participants in gaining and retaining employment. Dedicated Career Specialists work closely with program participants to provide career counseling and supportive services throughout the job search process and in many cases provide follow-up assistance after employment has been gained.
Child Care Services (CCS)
Child Care Services (CCS) assists parents who are striving to become self-sufficient by providing them with more choices of child care arrangements and also by helping them find qualified caregivers. If you meet certain income guidelines, CCS can reimburse some or all of your child care costs.
For more information about child care assistance available in the Rural Capital Area, visit the Child Care section of our website.
The Choices program provides job search assistance and support services to persons receiving cash assistance benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. The Choices program features a Work First policy that focuses on helping families transition to self-sufficiency through a quick connection to the workforce. Any parent, including a minor parent, in a household receiving TANF assistance may be required to engage in work activities in order to continue receiving TANF. Choices provides funding for child care assistance, transportation, work-related expenses and more.
Noncustodial Parent (NCP) Choices
The Noncustodial Parent (NCP) Choices Program targets low-income unemployed or underemployed noncustodial parents who are behind on their child support payments and whose children are current or former recipients of public assistance.
The goal of the program is to help noncustodial parents overcome substantial barriers to employment and career advancement while becoming economically self-sufficient and making consistent child support payments.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) program requires persons age 16 – 59 receiving food stamp benefits to participate in employment, training or work-related activities unless they are exempt under the law. SNAP E&T provides funding for employment and job search activities, educational and/or vocational training activities, transportation and more.
Trade Adjustment Act (TAA)
If you lost your job because of increased foreign imports or shifts in production to foreign countries, you may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). You should ask your local Workforce Solutions office staff about eligibility for TAA as soon as possible because there are time limits on eligibility, training, and benefits.
To receive benefits under the TAA program, you must have been laid off from a job covered under a TAA certification issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). A petition for that TAA certification may be submitted to DOL by your former employer, a group of at least three affected workers, or Workforce Solutions office staff.
The operations of the Texas Workforce Solutions network are, by law, intended to direct special attention to veterans’ problems and to afford an individualized and intensive service to veterans. The success in meeting the special needs of so large a segment of the population can only be achieved through the combined efforts of all activities. All Workforce Solutions staff members are available to serve veterans.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 created a framework for a system that provides activities to increase the employment, retention and earnings of participants. WIOA provides funding for job search, career counseling and training services to three groups: Adults, Dislocated Workers and Youth.