Workforce development to be discussed at Victoria Chamber lunch

  • IF YOU GO

  • • WHAT: Victoria Chamber luncheon

    • WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

    • WHERE: UHV Multi-Purpose Room, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

    • COST: $25 at the door

    • MORE INFORMATION: Call the chamber at 361-573-5277.

Building a capable workforce has been an important topic for Victoria for a longtime.

Randy Vivian, president of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, said the June luncheon will present Fred McConnel, economic development liaison with ACT WorkKeys, to talk about its Work Ready Program.

"Workforce development is something we are struggling with right now," Vivian said. "Almost everyone in town is looking for good, qualified workers."

The ACT programs are simply opportunities for Victoria to take advantage of preparing a better-equipped pool of employees, Vivian said.

The ACT WorkKeys is an assessment used to help the workforce understand the skills needed to work in the community, McConnel said Tuesday to the Victoria Partnership group. He presented a short presentation about the program and will provide a longer presentation during the chamber luncheon.

The WorkKeys program focuses on math, reading and location information so individuals are more employable in the community, McConnel said. There is also room to learn more than the basics, especially if a specific field needs more than the basics.

The ACT WorkKeys and Work Ready Communities programs have been used in other communities similar to Victoria, Vivian said.

"This has been a successful model," he said. "We're not reinventing the wheel. We're taking what works in other communities."