Special Initiatives

Workforce Solutions Capital Area (WFS Capital Area) is dedicated to advancing the Austin/Travis County workforce and local economy. Unfortunately, our goals and the needs of our community often go beyond the boundaries of current state- and federally-mandated programs. We actively seek out new approaches and funding opportunities to better serve our region as a whole.

WFS Capital Area is currently involved in a number of innovative workforce development “Special Initiatives”. These programs and partnerships are unique to our region. We are working to develop Austin-area talent for Austin-area employers.

WFS Capital Area Special Initiatives

Workforce and Education Readiness Continuum (WERC)

WERC is a City of Austin- and Travis County-funded network of community partners linked to help prepare Austin-area residents to enter or reenter today’s competitive job market.

Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE)

ACE is a multi-state consortium designed to help low-income, lower-skill job seekers efficiently earn the skills and credentials needed to compete in high demand industries in their regions. The two career tracks available in the Austin-area are Administrative Assistant and Apartment Maintenance Technician

Austin Opportunity Youth Collaborative (AOYC)

The Austin Opportunity Youth Collaborative is a consortium of Travis County/Austin-area community groups, who together represent a long history of providing coordinated services to youth.

Youth Employment Partnership (YEP)

Youth Employment Partnership (YEP) is a collaboration of four community partners whose goal is to help young people transition from high school to post-secondary education, training, or suitable employment. Partners include: American YouthWorks, Communities in Schools, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas and LifeWorks.

Complete the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum and begin your career in Skilled Trades

Registered apprenticeship programs are gateways to good middle-class jobs in the US. construction industry.

With the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), you can pick up the tools and techniques of Skilled Trades, from plumbing to electrical work to sheet metal and iron work, under the guidance of master craftworkers.


Workforce Solutions Capital Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available, upon request, to persons with disabilities. Relay Texas: 1.800.735.2989 (TDD) / 711 (Voice).

Equal Opportunity is the Law