Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Workforce group offers assistance to area

The Panhandle region’s low-income residents have some exciting new opportunities for training thanks to a monetary award from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Interested individuals are invited to explore career pathways in the fields of medical and nursing, computer systems, auto mechanics, office administration, bookkeeping, welding, professional driving, management, law enforcement and more by visiting with career specialists at Workforce Solutions Panhandle to discuss the possibilities.

Some of the jobs in high demand across the Texas Panhandle with training opportunities available through Workforce Solutions Panhandle include:

  • Welders, Cutters & Welder Fitters – “hands-on” individuals using mechanical design skills, with flame-cutting equipment, to weld and join metal components together.  Salary: $37,420 per year.
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses – dependable individuals, with concern for others, providing basic care for patients in hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.  Salary: $42,490 per year.
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC) Mechanics – detail-oriented individuals, using problem-solving skills to install or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, involving occasional use of technology.  Salary: $46,333 per year.

Additional information is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in person at Workforce Solutions Panhandle, 1206 SW 7th Avenue in Amarillo; by telephone at the main numbers of (806) 372-5521 or 1-877-967-5228; and anytime online at

Look also for the new Workforce Solutions Mobile Office as it visits various communities across the Panhandle starting in January.

The Incentive Award of $30,000 was presented to the Panhandle Workforce Development Board at the Texas Workforce Commission’s 20th Annual Texas Workforce Conference held recently in Houston.  The Panhandle Workforce Development Board provides employers and job seekers access to training services through the local Workforce Solutions offices.

As one of 28 local workforce boards, Panhandle serves the workforce needs of Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, and Wheeler counties through locally designed, market-driven workforce development initiatives and services.

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