Chamber Joins Workforce Solutions Alamo to Provide Young Workers with Experience
SAN ANTONIO, TX.- One of The Chamber’s priorities is to develop opportunities for quality jobs for a growing number of young adults in San Antonio. Heading the development efforts, Workforce Solutions Alamo, The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are working together on a program that will place 1,350 young adults into paid internships this summer.
The program is funded by $5 million from the U.S. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The two chambers have promoted the opportunity to member companies who, as a result of the government funding, can have the benefit of interns with no cost to their bottom line.
“The [Greater] Chamber sees this as a great investment in our future,” Greater Chamber President & CEO Richard Perez said. “This experience will change their lives and provide a positive experience for each of these youth that they would not have had otherwise.”
The Greater Chamber plans to utilize three interns for this summer in the communications, membership and economic development offices. The interns will also rotate through the executive office of the president, for a broader business experience.
Despite the current economic downturn, San Antonio has continued to create jobs. Because of this, and other consistent economic factors, The Chamber sees this internship program as a way to inspire local students to seek careers their home town.
Many Greater Chamber members plan to host interns through this initiative this summer, including Beldon Roofing, Amegy Bank, Broadway Bank, and WellMed, to name a few. There is a strong push to ensure placement of all the interns so that government funding dollars are not left on the table.
“We want to put all of these young workers in quality jobs,” Perez said. “We do not want to be a city that lets a penny of this investment to go back to Washington.”
To find out more about the program, contact Workforce Solutions Alamo. To find out how to apply for internships, young applicants should contact the Good Samaritan Center at (210)424-1546.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Workforce Solutions Alamo Board is the governing and leadership body for the regional workforce system – a network of workforce development service providers that brings employers and people together to prepare an educated and skilled workforce.
The Workforce Solutions Alamo Board of Directors is an appointed group of 25 community leaders from throughout the region representing business, education, economic development, community organizations, and government.
Mr. George Robert Green
Kerr County Abstract & Title Co., Ltd.
Mr. Ray Romero
Ms. Beth Coyle
Coyle Engineering, Inc.
Mr. George Antuna, Jr.
Executive Director of Economic Development
Schertz Economic Development Corporation
Mr. Paul Norman
V.P. Retail Bank Recruiting
Ms. Paula Blacklock
Senior Director of Human Resources & Rehabilitation
San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind
Mr. Lawrence Reyes
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Mr. Phil J. Butrum
Chief Financial Officer
Hill Country Bakery
Ms. Guadalupe Ruvalcaba
San Antonio Independent School District
Adult and Community Education Program
Ms. Rebecca C. Cervantez
Mr. Ernest Serrato
Manager, Human Resources
DPT Laboratories, Inc.
Ms. Anita Starks
Search Associates & Consultants
Mr. Scott Eychner
Texas Workforce Commission
Ms. Toni M. Van Buren
Director, Public Policy
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
Mr. Antonio Gonzalez, Jr.
Dr. David Vinson
Floresville Independent School District
Ms. Nancy Hard
Family Services Association
Mr. Robert J. Waller
Senior Vice President & Market Manager
Broadway National Bank
Ms. Rachel A. Hernandez
AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
Dr. Federico Zaragoza
Vice Chancellor – Professional, Technical and Workforce Education
Alamo Community College District
Ms. Lydia Martinez
Director of Adult and Community Education
Northside Independent School District
Ms. Grace Moser
Region Director Office of Eligibility Services
Health & Human Services Commission
Mr. Charles Franks, CPA
Director Accounting Best Practices
Valero Energy Corporation
Ms. Susan Monahan
Workforce Development Officer
Baptist Health System
Please report any changes to this listing to Cynthia Farias at (210) 272-3250.
Source: GSACC / WSA