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The Workforce Development (WD) Task Force was created to assist ex-offenders in Travis County seeking sustainable employment. Ex-offenders are first required to attend an orientation. Those who willingly participate in the program are assessed based on his or her aptitudes and skills. Participants are then referred to employers seeking those types of skilled employees. Those not ready for employment are referred to local service agencies in hopes of obtaining the necessary skills to participate in the WD Task Force program.

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Information for Program Participants

Participation is voluntary and open to any Travis County resident who has a criminal record. Program participants are required to attend a two-hour orientation called Road to Success. After attending Road to Success, individuals who are interested in enrolling in the WD Task Force program schedule an appointment with a WD Task Force case manager to be assessed. For up to nine months, the assigned case manager supports the client as he or she looks for, finds, and maintains employment. The case manager also coordinates access to vocational training (e.g., OSHA, Food Handler's, TABC, etc.) for clients who are interested in obtaining a trade certification.

Road to Success on Wheels

Employers

Information for Potential Employers

The WD Task Force works with participating employers to understand each organization’s hiring needs and matches them to the skills and experiences of potential job applicants. WD Task Force clients are assessed for their qualifications and employment readiness before being referred to potential employers. If a client is selected by an employer to interview for a position, he or she receives an official Travis County referral card signed by the WD Task Force Program Manager. The client then presents this card at the interview so that the employer can verify that he or she was assessed and referred by the Travis County WD Task Force. If the client is offered and accepts a job, the client’s assigned case manager follows up regularly with the employer to ensure that they are satisfied.

Employer participation is free; there are no fees associated with WD Task Force services. Out of respect for employers' privacy, the WD Task Force does not publicize which businesses are engaged with the program.

Participating employers are eligible to receive the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), a federal income tax benefit administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for employers who hire individuals from specified target populations, including ex-offenders. WOTC reduces a business' federal tax liability, servicing as an incentive to select job candidates who may be disadvantaged in their efforts to find employment.

Find out more information about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

The Texas Workforce Commission and the Workforce Development Board offer free fidelity bonding services to help job applicants with high barriers to employment obtain and maintain their jobs while protecting employers against employee acts of dishonesty, such as larceny, embezzlement, and theft. Either the job applicant or the prospective employer can request the bonding service.

Find out more information about fidelity bonding.

For more information about the WD Task Force or how to get involved, contact the Workforce Development Task Force Program Manager - Sandra Trevino at (512) 854-7996 or email sandra.trevino@traviscountytx.gov

Partner Organizations

Travis County Justice Planning collaborates with a variety of County and community-based agencies to recruit and serve its WD Task Force clients. The Department is proud to partner with the following organizations:

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