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.

Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

YAG is a collaborative group of youth service providers, educators, government agency representatives, and teen advisors who are concerned about the youth in our community - especially youth who face challenges to achieving self-sufficiency. The YAG is focused on engaging youth and seeking their input, and working with educators, service providers, and other partners to facilitate better serving Austin/Travis County youth.

Ready By 21 (RB21) of Central Texas

One of the Youth Advisory Group’s initiatives is Ready By 21, an effort to prepare young people in the Austin/Travis County community to be ready to pursue higher education, find gainful employment lead healthy live and give back to the community.


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).

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