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Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA)Tri-Agency Regional Convener Grant: Progress Update and Next Steps

Feb 08, 2024

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The goal of the Tri-Agency Regional Convener grant project is to appoint a regional convener in each of Texas’ 28 Workforce Development Areas (WDA) to oversee the creation, execution, and supervision of high-quality career and education pathways into targeted industries within the region.

WSRCA has completed two deliverables for the grant: the Landscape Analysis and Asset Map and Gap Analysis Report. The Asset Map and Gap Analysis informed our strategic plan on the pathways we need to develop. To begin, WSRCA will start with the skilled trades and Establish a Skilled Trades Education and Career Pathway System for all age groups, from childhood to adulthood, addressing the unique needs of both urban and rural areas in the region.

The strategic plan will encompass four key focus areas: Data, Communication, Employer Engagement, and Pathway Design. To vividly depict the array of available career paths, a comprehensive data dashboard is currently in development, designed to articulate the narrative effectively for all stakeholders. Simultaneously, a robust communication strategy is in the works to facilitate seamless dissemination and alignment of regional pathway development initiatives. Employer engagement, a critical component, will be fostered through innovative approaches such as Work-Based Learning and strategic sector partnerships.

Next Steps

This month, Regional Conveners from various parts of the state will assemble in Georgetown, accompanied by their respective Leadership teams. “The primary objective of this gathering is to collaboratively formulate an action plan for the aforementioned focus areas. The outcomes of these deliberations will play a pivotal role in shaping our comprehensive Implementation plan, slated to commence in January 2025”, stated Heather Thomas, WSRCA Pathway Development Manager. WSRCA is looking forward to building out career pathway systems to grow our talent pipeline.

The WSRCA team is here to assist you in finding workforce solutions. You can visit a nearby Rural Capital Area career center or access virtual services for immediate workforce needs. Take advantage of the Interactive Skill-Based Career Progression Lattices to create a personalized training plan and boost your skills for long-lasting career success.

The WSRCA Child Care Services Team is available to provide eligible families with early-learning child care tuition scholarships and professional development opportunities. Child care assistance is open to job seekers, workers, and individuals undergoing training for high-demand careers. Enroll in local child care programs to receive support and financial relief. Apply today at:

For further information, visit WSRCA at, call toll-free at 1-844-344-2780, and start your job search at


About Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area: Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) develops talent for employers by coaching Texans to employment. WSRCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community partnership providing comprehensive no-cost recruitment, employment services, and early-learning child care tuition scholarships to empower 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. WSRCA helps employers find quality candidates by providing candidate referrals, customized job training programs, job listings, job fair assistance, labor market information, testing and assessment, outplacement services, and layoff aversion strategies. WSRCA guides job seekers to find and retain employment by providing job referrals, job application assistance, job readiness and job search workshops, career exploration, child care assistance, unemployment insurance information, and GED assistance.

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