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ABC13 Localish: Cypress employers get creative with employment options and training opportunities for students

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) — As ABC13 Localish highlights Cypress, we provide a way for neighbors to find employment or educational opportunities.

We’ve partnered with Workforce Solutions to connect employers with candidates. One way was an in-person job fair at the agency’s location in Willowbrook last week.

While there, the candidates met a handful of employers offering a variety of jobs starting at $20 an hour, encouraging people to vote.

“They’ll be knocking on doors asking everyone if they voted,” explained Texas Tool Belt Learning Ambassador Ebony Jackson. “By giving them the opportunity to vote. By showing them the new polls.”

Another is getting people to work in one of the largest school districts in the state, Cy-Fair ISD.

“Cy-Fair is where you want to be,” explained Cy-Fair ISD Deputy Human Resources Manager Gregory Lozano. “With the opportunities available to you. With the support we give you.”

The jobs may be different, but the struggles are the same. Right now, employers have positions, but they’ve been hard to fill across the country. Cy-Fair ISD has increased the starting salary of teachers, but there is still a shortage of teachers.

“Years ago we would attend job fairs where we would have over 100 employers, but you would have over 350 applicants. How far now do we attend job fairs with 50 to 100 candidates available,” Lozano said. .

The Texas Tool Belt electoral position requires people to drive. With high gas prices, he had to entice new workers with a $20 gas gift card.

“It’s every time they come out,” Jackson said.

If you’re looking for work in the Cypress area, recruiters say new employers are constantly reaching out, and that’s with a variety of industries.

“In the Cypress area, we see a lot of medical areas,” said Michelle Westlake, head of Workforce Solutions. “Lots of medical professions. Lots of retail. Lots of restaurants and hotels.”

If you’re looking for work in Cypress, or anywhere else in Southeast Texas, join our virtual job fair wherever you broadcast ABC13 at 10 a.m. every Thursday. You can call our helpline at 713-243-6663 or visit the Workforce Solution website and search for the “as seen on TV” section.

There are also educational opportunities.

Houston Community College opened a new campus not far from Cypress in Katy.

“We opened and hosted a summer school here at the new Katy Campus,” said HCC Northwest Campus President Dr. Zachary Hodges. “Now we are in our fall semester.”

The school works with local industries to develop courses and programs with jobs available in the area.

“We see there’s a huge ESL opportunity here,” Hodges explained. “We’ve already responded with lessons, and all you have to do is walk through the front door and be at the level you need.”

Classes have started, but it’s not too late. You can still register for classes by next month.

“If you’re late, in a month we’ll have our second start,” Hodges said. “You will always finish on time.”

As hurricane season approaches, HCC is also offering a new course for business owners. It is located at the new HCC Resilience Center of Excellence.

The course will educate business owners on how to deal with natural disasters, including hurricanes and floods, not only from the storms themselves, but also how to manage the supply chain issues that come with them. .

Classes can be delivered at school or virtually. Many courses are free either, as they are funded by the federal government. For more information, email hccs.edu/cctrain@hccs.edu.

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