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Community celebration of customer service jobs in San Antonio

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

A community celebration of customer service jobs in San Antonio recently took place.

Goodwill San Antonio hosted a community celebration on last May for the opening of its 23rd store and donation station at 1721 W.W. White Road, 78220.

The celebration commences with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by a weekend of savings, special events and great shopping in support of Goodwill’s mission to change lives through the power of work.

“With 20 jobs being added to the community, Goodwill is enthusiastic to provide Eastside residents with a new retail destination for bargains on household items, furniture and clothing as well as a convenient donation station to drop off gently used goods,” said Mark McKeever, Goodwill San Antonio chief operating officer. “More importantly, every item purchased or donated to Goodwill helps fund training programs and career services including those offered at the Eastside Education and Training Center.”

Goodwill San Antonio aims to further strengthen the Eastside community by providing free case management and job placement support for individuals at the Eastside Education and Training Center, as well as tuition assistance for students wanting to obtain certifications in the medical field, such as nurse’s aide and medical assistant – certifications and skills training that provide opportunities for upward mobility.

Hours of operation for the new store and donation station are:  9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.


Goodwill to help job seekers get San Antonio retail jobs

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Goodwill is launching a career fair to help connect job seekers to San Antonio retail jobs, among others.

The free career fair will be at the TriPoint Event Center, 3233 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX  78212. Nearly 50 local employers are seeking to fill hundreds of positions across various industries. Positions pay up to $18.00 an hour depending on the position and candidate qualifications.

“For individuals wanting to enter the workforce and find meaningful employment, or for those who want to make a career change, this career fair presents an ideal opportunity to meet with representatives from organizations across our community,” said Steven Hussain, vice president of workforce development for Goodwill San Antonio. “By hosting this fair, Goodwill is connecting job seekers with local employers looking to hire; in turn helping to strengthen our local economy.”

Goodwill staff will be available to help job seekers prepare for meetings with potential employers by providing an on-site job readiness workshop. As part of the registration process, job seekers will gain information on what to expect during the event and how to develop an effective elevator speech. Job seekers will also have access to print up to five resumes.

Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally, bring their resume, photo identification and be prepared for on-site interviews.

Participating employers will be hiring for the following positions:

  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Medical Assistants/Caregivers
  • Food Service Workers
  • Construction/Forklift Operators
  • Technical Support Representatives
  • Outside Sales
  • Retail Management
  • And more

Participating employers include:

  • Beldon
  • CST/Circle K Brands
  • South Alamo Medical Group
  • River City Home Care
  • Kohl’s
  • Jim’s (Frontier Enterprises)
  • Wells Fargo
  • And more

A career week and San Antonio jobs

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

A statewide career event will also play a role in spotlighting San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and Tri-Agency partners, will host statewide career exploration events for middle and high school students as part of Careers in Texas Industries Week during September 25-30, 2017.

The Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative established by Governor Greg Abbott challenged the Commissioners of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) with developing strong links between education and industry, with the goal of helping Texas grow in economic prosperity.

Careers in Texas Industries Week was identified as an initiative to promote statewide and regional industry clusters and objectives that support a variety of businesses and job creation.

“If Texas is to maintain its standing as the best state for business, investing in our middle schools and high schools to create a world-class workforce of tomorrow is of critical importance,” said Governor Abbott. “I am grateful to the Texas Workforce Commission for establishing Careers in Texas Industries Week, and look forward to building on this exciting new program to provide our students with the skills needed to compete in a 21st century economy.”

The week is designed to increase awareness among students, parents and counselors about the opportunities of in-demand careers in Texas industries. The events will enable students to explore careers and provide employers with opportunities to showcase the exciting and rewarding careers in their industries.

“Texas employers in our dynamic industries compete and succeed in the Texas economy, creating a broad range of jobs that offer wonderful career opportunities for students in our state,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The continued growth, innovation and success of employers in Texas industries depends on sustained partnerships and strategies that inform and inspire students to explore and pursue the rewarding and exciting careers available in our state. I ask stakeholders to join us during Careers in Texas Industries Week.”

San Antonio education jobs get support

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

A round of grants given recently are going to support San Antonio education jobs.

Fifteen San Antonio education providers received $ 4.2 million in grants from Pre-K 4 SA in April 2016 to expand and enhance their early childhood education programs. T

he funds have helped school districts like Northeast Independent School District and Northside Independent School District to extend their pre-kindergarten programs from half day to full day, adding teachers, training and technology to ensure the highest quality learning environment.

“The Competitive Grants Program is a powerful tool for delivering on the promise of high-quality prekindergarten for San Antonio’s four year olds,” said Baray. “Not only are we engaging and preparing our youngest learners for success, we are also investing dollars into the community’s early childhood education infrastructure. It’s a win-win for San Antonio.”

Pre-K 4 SA serves 2,000 children at their four centers. The grants extend Pre-K 4 SA’s reach, serving an additional 2,080 four-year-olds at varied pre-kindergarten programs throughout the city.

The $4.2 million grants created 171 full/part-time jobs with $330,000 allocated to technology, including the purchase of iPads and tablets.

Collectively, $2.4 million was expended to increase the number of teachers, instructional assistants, support staff and extended day staff, while at the same time infusing the local economy with $1.8 million in service contracts, professional development, and technology as well as capital improvements to outdoor learning spaces.