Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area to Host 11th Annual Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Veterans Hiring Events Today
Nov 10, 2022
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area
CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ For the eleventh consecutive year, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) is proud to join with its community and industry partners to host the Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Veterans Hiring Event within the nine-county Rural Capital Area to enhance career opportunities for veterans, transitioning military, and their spouses.
More than 100 Central Texas employers are looking to connect with veterans today, November 10, 2022, at free hybrid events in the Rural Capital Area, which will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at bit.ly/wsrcahrwyvirtualfair, and in-person from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Early Admission for Transitioning Service Members, Veterans and Spouses) and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Open to the Public) at the Round Rock Sports Center, located at 2400 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681, and the City of San Marcos Conference Center at the Embassy Suites, located at 1001 E McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX 78666.
Hiring Red, White, and You! veterans job fairs are being held in over 28 Texas cities from November 1st through November 18th, with traditional in-person events and opportunities to participate virtually. Hiring Red, White & You! is a joint Texas Workforce Solutions initiative supported by all 28 workforce development boards, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), to connect veterans and their spouses in Texas with employers who recognize the experience, advanced skills, and leadership abilities they bring to the workplace.
“From heightened leadership and teamwork skills to proven problem-solving and decision-making ability, U.S. military veterans bring a wealth of wide-ranging strengths and talents to the workforce, that can be an asset to any Rural Capital Area business,” said WSRCA CEO Paul Fetcher. “It’s an honor for our workforce development Board to host Hiring Red, White & You! events, to assist veterans with re-entering civilian life and finding sustainable employment opportunities that enhance their quality of life.”
Since 2012, Hiring Red, White & You! has connected more than 114,778 job seekers to meaningful job opportunities with more than 20,131employers, and helped facilitate over 3,198 same-day hires.
TVC and WSRCA staff are preparing veterans for the hiring fairs by assisting them with WorkInTexas.com applications and résumés, interviewing techniques, workshops, and one-on-one counseling services. All job seekers are welcome and advised to come dressed to impress and with plenty of copies of their résumé for employers to review. During the hiring events today, photography kiosks will be available for job seekers to snap complimentary headshot photos, and WSRCA staff will be hosting previews of the free career enhancement workshops available daily through WSRCA.
The in-person event in Round Rock will kick off at 9 a.m. with a Color Guard presentation by the Stony Point High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and feature remarks by WSRCA CEO Paul Fletcher, The Honorable Rene Flores, Mayor Pro-tem, City of Round Rock, Mary Dale, Commission Secretary, Texas Veterans Commission, and Casey Wade, Veterans Resource Coordinator, Texas Veterans Leadership Program.
In San Marcos, the event kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Gary Job Corps Color Guard and will feature remarks by WSRCA Chief Operating Officer Diane Tackett, WSRCA Board Chair Frank Leonardis, WSRCA Vice Chair Alfonso Sifuentes, The Honorable Jane Hughson, Mayor, City of San Marcos, Randy Townsend, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Workforce Commission, and Paul Julio, Central Texas District Outreach Coordinator, Texas Veterans Commission.
There are over 1.5 million total veterans throughout Texas, which has the highest state population of veterans in the country, according to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 70,000 of those veterans call Central Texas home. By hiring more veteran and spouse candidates, employers can reduce turnover, maintain a more stable workforce over time, and may be eligible to earn up to $9,600 in federal tax credits through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.
Additional Veterans Services Available:
- We Hire Vets recognizes employers whose workforce is at least 10 percent veterans
- Online list of employers that have Veterans Employment Preference
- Texas Veterans Leadership Program connects returning veterans with resources and tools
- College Credit for Heroes maximizes credits awarded to veterans for military experience
- Workforce Solutions Priority Service for Veterans with job placement services and training
- Online Military to Civilian Occupation Translator matches military skills with civilian occupations
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is a nonprofit community partnership providing no-cost recruitment, employment services, and childcare assistance to businesses, employers, and job seekers in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas. This nine-county region includes Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, and Williamson counties. For more details on WSRCA and the services it offers, visit www.workforcesolutionsrca.com.