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  • Slide to be up before class so people will know they are in the right place! Check list of items : Portable PC with presentation loaded Mouse Copies of the overheads for all Business cards for distribution after presentation
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  • Job Training and Skills Development within Port Arthur

    1. 2. GTEC: Port Arthur’s “Quiet Storm” Blowing in the winds of change through job training, life-skills and partnerships.
    2. 3. <ul><li>Economic Expansion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plans for expansions and the news of hundreds of jobs headed to Port Arthur and SE Texas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More Jobs than Workers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training and preparing enough local workers in time to meet the employment challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong potential for the City of Port Arthur and the surrounding communities to be enriched and nourished from the job growth </li></ul></ul>The Opportunity
    3. 4. So, what’s wrong with this picture? <ul><li>It’s not enough that the Port Arthur community is trained to do a job… </li></ul><ul><li>Rather, all must be equipped to be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Successful | Employable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible to themselves | family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributors to the Port Arthur Community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can we accomplish this ? </li></ul><ul><li>GTEC and YOU! </li></ul>
    4. 6. <ul><li>Job Training Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping disadvantaged adults, young men and women get necessary job skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance of Classroom & Hands-on curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs Focus: Welding. Pipefitting. Construction. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Life-Skills Development Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self Belief, Self Awareness, Motivation, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforcing student capabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical decision making, problem-solving, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Readiness Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume writing | Interviewing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Job Placement & Coaching Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking System for Participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching what new workers need to know </li></ul></ul>Golden Triangle Empowerment Center
    5. 7. <ul><li>Digital Workforce Academy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Began as the workforce development component of Austin Eastside Story Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inaugural class in October 2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extended program in 2002 to encompass the Austin metropolitan area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Track record of proven success : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 500 students have participated in program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>85% of students have graduated and have secured jobs in their area of training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Through MRSW contracts, participants have received internships with key strategic business partners </li></ul>Background | History
    6. 9. GTEC: A Holistic View <ul><li>We train | educate the whole person </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We have great instructors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand what employers are looking for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have experience integrating curriculum resources & hands-on tools into employable job skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Program: Job Skills | Life-Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The labor demands in the area will provide the background for the GTEC training offerings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life-skills will be an integral part of the curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Substance abuse counseling as well as job training will help people get/keep their lives on the right track for a positive future. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GTEC’s 360 o approach increases the productivity in the lives of people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>while teaching life-skills to assist them in handling real life situations. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 10. GTEC: A Holistic View (Continued) <ul><li>We have established partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motiva | Becon | TOTAL |Fluor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job placements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mayors Office | City of Port Arthur </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Full support and project endorsement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Texas Workforce Commission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Digital Workforce Academy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We believe the possibilities… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on the underserved and overlooked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emphases on the 5 county region </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unemployed | Under employed | Unemployable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launching a career, not just filling a job! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Successfully developing contributors to the Port Arthur Community </li></ul></ul>
    8. 13. <ul><li>If we know that… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are great job opportunities available in Port Arthur and that they WILL be filled. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training will be made available. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job placement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GTEC has the support of the government and industry to provide training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Then.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to ensure the that the people in our “sphere of influence” participate in these opportunities instead of becoming victims of it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By forging strong, ongoing ”community-based” partnerships to provide candidates for this program </li></ul></ul></ul>The Value Proposition
    9. 14. <ul><li>If we know that… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>G TEC is striving to have a presence in the community to support its emphasis on community involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Then </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A partnership provides the foundation and commitment necessary to reach the people we’re targeting for this program… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fostering a broad-based community engagement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>addresses concerns about the future </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting GTEC’s commitment to serving the underserved and overlooked </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unemployment is higher in people of color, with low skill and economics </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Address the job skills gap through training and life -skills </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>The Value Proposition (Continued
    10. 16. GTEC Project Highlights… <ul><li>Class Statistics since October 2007 : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class Completion: 204 of 267 students | 80% pass rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Placement: * 70% placement  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average wages for job placement: $13 to $19 per hour </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verification activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Random drug screenings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal background investigations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Chance Initiative: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling and follow-up provided for students if they fail initial drug test or for certain criminal convictions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* Due to project delay </li></ul></ul>
    11. 17. The more things change… <ul><li>Grass roots involvement and word of mouth advertising remain the key to recruiting successful candidates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaching people GTEC would never reach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From churches to schools, retail stores to restaurants, auto shops to barbershops spreading the news about the opportunities through GTEC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Benefit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct impact to your sphere of influence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GTEC graduates are investors in their community versus dependants on their community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of Life improvements (Direct | Indirect) </li></ul></ul>
    12. 18. GTEC and YOU!