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Chamber Joins Workforce Solutions Alamo to Provide Young Workers with Experience




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.


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.

Board Officers

Mr. George Robert Green



Kerr County Abstract & Title Co., Ltd.

Mr. Ray Romero

(Vice Chair)


HERO Assemblers

Ms. Beth Coyle


Coyle Engineering, Inc.


Board Members

Mr. George Antuna, Jr.

Executive Director of Economic Development

Schertz Economic Development Corporation

Guadalupe County

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

Executive Director

Avance-San Antonio


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