Workforce Solutions Capital Area is the non-profit organization that serves to lead and govern the Austin/Travis County area workforce system. In this role, we are responsible for the planning, oversight, and evaluation of workforce development activities in the Capital Area. Simply put, we connect local people — youth and adults — to the most in-demand industries with quality jobs.

To help us bridge our region’s skills gap, we are excited to again welcome Kwee Lan Teo to our board of directors. Kwee Lan currently serves as Head of Workforce Development at Samsung Austin Semiconductor. In her previous role at the Austin Chamber, Kwee Lan had served on our board for many years.

Get to know Kwee Lan in our Q&A below, and connect with her on LinkedIn and to see her extensive experience in economic development and the advanced manufacturing sector.

Q: What is the value of connecting local people to local jobs?

A: The value is having people who want to stay in our region and grow with our community.

Q: How does upskilling benefit your industry?

A: Upskilling helps with retention and provides opportunities for people looking to grow further in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Q: How does your organization support growing Austin’s workforce from local programs and schools?

A: Samsung Austin Semiconductor has provided support to local schools in the form of site visits, career subject matter experts, post-secondary scholarships, internships and grant funding for industry-related programs

Q: How has skills training helped you develop your career?

A: I believe we learn new skills almost every day, however insignificant it may seem.

Q: If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

A: Learn more languages and play more musical instruments.

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