WOW Youth Program

The WOW Youth Program aims to connect students to their future careers! Our vision is that all students in West Central Texas will possess employment skills, will be workforce ready, and will make educated decisions on their career pathway.

The WOW Youth Expo is designed to expose, educate, and engage students in the world of work.

Mission: To help build a talent pipeline of future employees throughout the 19-county West Central Texas region.

We had a great time at Externship Orientation and Meet & Greet this afternoon. It’s going to be a fun summer for the participating educators and businesses. Then come fall....STUDENTS!! Thanks for your involvement Day Nursery of Abilene!

Day Nursery of Abilene is grateful to have 4 (AISD & Eula) teachers/counselor to participate in the Externship program this summer sponsored by Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas

So excited for the students, educators, and businesses who will benefit from this externship program. Thanks, City of Abilene!

Welcome, Externs! This summer, the City will host 8 area teachers for a 3-day ‘externship’ through Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas. Got these guys lined up for today’s meet & greet 😀🐴☕️ #ABILove ❤️

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GOING BEYOND JUST A DIPLOMA: Some high school students in the Big Country will have the option to graduate with more than just a high school degree.


There's still time to apply for our five (5) Workforce Career and Education Outreach Specialist openings with the Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board! This is a 2-year pilot program to provide career guidance & information to students, parents, and district personnel at a minimum of 19 ISDs across the region. Visit for a full job description & application materials. The deadline to apply is TOMORROW, May 17th at 5:00PM!

Equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Summer externship program kickoff is TOMORROW at the Abilene ISD Administration Building. 🎉 We can't wait to host 50 educators for orientation + 30 business partners for the meet & greet social immediately following. What an exciting time for industry, education, & workforce partners around the region!

"During these externships we are hopeful that teachers will be able to gain a deeper understanding of these fields so that they will go back into the classroom to prepare students for the future job market," said Region 14 Education Service Center Executive Director, Shane Fields. "This brief experience will provide a great impact and meaningfulness to both students and teachers."

Media are invited to attend the event starting at 5pm. Check out the full press release for details.

BISD to partner with Workforce Solutions to help better prepare students for careers

ICYMI Breckenridge ISD is one of 19 participating school districts slated to receive services through a two-year Workforce Career & Education Outreach pilot program thanks to an $800,000 Texas Workforce Commission grant that will include the hiring of five new staff! Breckenridge Independent School District is teaming up with the Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, as well as a number of other school districts in the area for a pilot program th

Showing some love to all the educators doing work each & every day to prepare our workforce of tomorrow! #TeacherAppreciationDay

Check out the awesome testimonial we received last week after the What's Next Senior Event. We're glad you could attend Austin, and so proud of the journey you're about to embark on!

"I had no idea what I was going to do after high school when I came to What's Next. Now, I can say that I have a plan! I found a college with a program I'm interested in and registered on the spot. This event helped me a lot, and I really enjoyed it."

Austin Stephenson, Snyder High School Senior 2019

Eeeeekkk!! Tomorrow is the big day for our What’s Next Senior Event & we are SO READY FOR IT! Looking forward to assisting 100+ high school seniors on the path to what comes next after graduation with the help of our awesome volunteers & partners. It’s gonna be a great time!

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-Students- Heading to college this fall and have questions about money? Join us April 29th at 4pm as we host a Financial Literacy Twitter Chat.

The Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates to fill five (5) Workforce Career and Education Outreach Specialist openings! This is a 2-year pilot program to provide career guidance & information to students, parents, and district personnel at a minimum of 19 ISDs across the Board’s 19-county region. Visit for a full job description & application materials. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 17th at 5:00PM.

Equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

One week to go!! 🎊🎊🎊 Know a high school senior whose post-graduation plans are still up in the air?! We've got them covered at the What's Next Senior Event! This immersive experience on Tuesday, April 30th from 9:30am to 12:15pm in Abilene will be jam packed with tips, tools, resources, hands-on workshops, mentoring, & more to help prepare for what comes next. Visit for more info & to sign-up! #jobsyall

In honor of #EarthDay, how about a sample of jobs lending themselves to environmental sustainability. Some of these are hot 🔥 right here in the might just find a career fit for you!
☑️ Wind Turbine Tech
☑️ Solar Photovoltaic Tech
☑️ Environmental Engineer and/or Tech
☑️ Green Landscape Designer
☑️ Green Construction Manager
☑️ Electrical Engineering Tech
☑️ Sustainability Consultant

Wishing all our students, parents, educators, employers, and partners across West Central Texas a happy & peaceful Easter Sunday!

Workforce Solutions to help graduating seniors enter the world of work

What's Next Senior Event will be here before we know it! Join us on Tuesday, April 30th from 9:30am to 12:15pm at Region 14 ESC South Campus for a morning of tools, resources, workshops, and coaching to prepare undecided high school seniors for what comes next after graduation! Visit to register! Graduating can be a little scary but Workforce Solutions is helping seniors have a plan for work after school.

[04/16/19]   T-MINUS TWO WEEKS ⏳ until the What's Next Senior Event on April 30th in Abilene. Don't miss this opportunity...mentoring, mock interviews, interactive workshops on career exploration, life skills, financial aid, & more. The small group setting means an individualized experience for every participant!

During National Volunteer Week, we're celebrating the amazing individuals who dedicate their time, talent, & resources to support our WOW Youth Program work & make a difference in their communities. Volunteering is also a great resume builder & an excellent way to gain much needed experience when first entering the workforce! #nvw

We've added a resume building workshop to the lineup for What's Next on April 30th in Abilene! High school seniors who attend will walk away with real-life tools & a working resume. Great preparation for what comes next after graduation. Registration is ongoing, but space is limited! Visit for details. #jobsyall #TXCareers

April is National Welding Month! The welding industry has grown to include a variety of professional opportunities. And talk about being in high-demand! The industry is projecting a shortage of 450,000 skilled workers by 2022. Getting ready to graduate from high school & wondering if this career path could be a good fit? Register for the What's Next Senior Event on April 30th in Abilene & gain tools to plan for what comes next while preparing for success. #jobsyall #txcareers

We are proud to grow #TXHireability with services for individuals w/disabilities seeking employment/in the workplace & students w/disabilities through Student HireAbility Navigator & Summer Earn & Learn programs. Our goal is to provide job support for ALL! #AutismAwarenessDay

Post-graduation plans still a little up in the air?! What's Next Senior Event has you covered! Registration is NOW OPEN for graduating high school seniors to attend this immersive experience on Tuesday, April 30th in Abilene. It will be a morning jam packed with tips, tools, resources, hands-on workshops, mentoring, & more! Come prepared to formulate a plan! But don't delay...the event is only open to 125 students. Visit for more info & to sign up!

Applications for the WE Connect Summer 2019 Externship Program are now OPEN for educators across the West Central Texas region! Space is limited & placements are underway on a first-come, first-serve don't delay! We have some really cool opportunities with employers lined up for this unique 3-day professional development training where educators work side-by-side with industry peers to experience how classroom learning translates to the workplace. Review the externship catalog for details on each host site.

Did we mention that there's a $500 stipend for each participant who successfully completes the program?! 💰💰💰 Applications close on April 17th! Visit for more info on the program & to apply.

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📅 Educators! Mark your calendars! Next Monday, April 1st educator registration for the WE Connect Summer 2019 Externship Program officially opens on our website. This is a unique professional development opportunity for educators around West Central Texas to work side-by-side with industry peers during a 3-day paid summer externship experience at participating businesses. Space is limited & placements will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. We have some AMAZING opportunities with employers lined up, so be sure to review the externship catalog for details. Educators must be in good standing with their district to participate. Applications close on April 17th! 📅

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Pi least when it comes to your career! Employers want candidates with strong problem-solving & analytical skills. Math for the win! STEM majors also claim the top 14 spots for highest paying fields within five years of graduation. Wondering about job outlook? By 2022 the U.S. will need 1 million STEM graduates to fill jobs. Math & other STEM fields are 🔥 🔥 🔥. #PiDay

The National Assoc. of Women in Construction estimates that by 2020 the percentage of women working in the industry will reach 25%. In healthy economic times buildings, infrastructure, and other construction projects are booming which means companies need employees. The hard hat is not just worn by men anymore. National Women in Construction Week, March 3-9, 2019 highlights women in the industry & what better day to raise awareness about such opportunities than on International Women's Day. #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay #WomenInConstruction

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas

One of many reasons to learn about high demand occupations & make knowledgeable choices about your future career!

Employers are creating opportunities & positions to hire & retain talent. If you’re a qualified, skilled candidate in a high demand field, your next job may not even exist yet.

SAVE THE DATE...for the 2nd Annual (WOW) What's Next Senior Event on April 30, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:00pm at the Region 14 ESC - South Campus in Abilene. Students will engage in hands-on workshops, meet with reps from community colleges, technical schools, military branches, workforce, & local organizations, conduct mock interviews, and gain insight from success coaches to embark on a career path after graduation. Space is limited to the first 125 high school seniors. Registration opens April 1st. More details coming soon!

In honor of National Engineers Week, we took a deep dive into job growth in engineering fields through 2026. Jobs in the engineering family are on pace for average to above average growth. Becoming any type of engineer is a solid choice. But did you know jobs in areas like industrial engineering, transportation engineering, and petroleum engineering are expected to absolutely sizzle over the next 5-7 years?! We're talking up to 20% growth in some areas! High demand & high wage...that's a winning combo! #EngineersWeek

World of Work emphasizes interactivity, access to programs to Abilene students

As the economy grows and technology advances, our work connecting the worlds of workforce & education becomes increasingly impactful. Career & Technical Education (CTE) combining the academic experience with training & employability is a HUGE priority for educators, employers, and legislators alike. ICYMI check out the article highlighting our 2018 World of Work (WOW) Youth Expo or watch the recap video above. We're already looking forward to another amazing event on Wednesday, November 13, 2019! #CTEMonth Visiting high school students from the Big Country and as far away as Wichita Falls got a taste of various careers at the Abilene Convention Center

Join us at the WOW Youth Expo on November 14th to meet Rentech Boilers & discuss your career pathway into the exciting industry of manufacturing! Rentech offers employment in Engineering, Design, Welding, Welders Helpers, Painters, Fabricators + MORE! #wowyouthexpo #TXcareers

Interested in a West Central Texas career in IT? Come to the WOW Youth Expo on November 14th to meet Batts Communications and discuss your career pathway into this exciting field! Batts Communications is a full service IT networking company that has been in Abilene since 1989. They supply the technology & equipment to serve all telecommunication needs. #wowyouthexpo #careersintexasindustries #TXcareers

Careers at KTXS are not just what you see on TV! Come to the WOW Youth Expo on November 14th to meet KTXS and talk about the pathway into careers not just on-air, but also in sales, engineering, production, & promotions. KTXS Television is the home to ABC, CW, and MeTV right here in Abilene! #wowyouthexpo #careersintexasindustries #TXcareers

Interested in a West Central Texas career in STEM? Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd, Inc. is headquartered in Abilene and offers opportunities for Registered Professional Engineers, Registered Professional Geologists, Engineers in Training, Construction Managers & Inspectors, Construction Materials Lab Technicians and Surveyors! Come to WOW Youth Expo on November 14th to meet this employer and learn more about the career pathway & skills needed for these careers! #wowyouthexpo #careersintexasindustries #TXcareers

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🎉 Students! Do not miss this amazing opportunity to build leadership skills & HAVE FUN as the face of the WOW Youth Expo! 🎉 We are currently accepting applications from high school & college students to serve as Student Ambassadors for our 5th annual event. Participate in promotional & planning activities leading up to the big day, then lead your peers at the event on Wednesday, November 14th in Abilene. If you are energetic & outspoken, this gig is for you! Get more info & apply at prior to the September 20th deadline. #wowyouthexpo #TXCareers

WOW 2018 Registration Now Open!!

Registration for schools is NOW OPEN for WOW 2018 on November 14th at the Abilene Convention Center. Don't miss it!! Pick from three session start times and make the most of this awesome event where students will explore future careers, engage with employers, learn from training providers, and have fun acquiring workforce readiness skills! Get your students off to a great start at the 2018 World of Work (WOW) Youth Expo, where the workforce of tomorrow meets the workforce of today!

📢📢 Huge thanks to DevelopAbilene for their investment in the workforce of tomorrow as a WOW 2018 Champion Sponsor and also as a member of our event planning committee. Great partners make for great events, and they are one of the best! 👏

📆 Save the date for the 5th annual WOW Youth Expo – November 14th! A special THANK YOU to our 2018 Planning Committee, who is already hard at work to make this year’s event a BIG success!

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas

Workforce Solutions has special programs for young adults to help you meet your career goals. If you're 16-24 years old, contact us to see what services you qualify for! Stop by our office at 500 Chestnut Street, 11th floor in Abilene or give us a call at (325) 795-4200.


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