2022 Impact Report


Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas
2022 Impact Report

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A highly valued workforce system that meets the economic demands of the Heart of Texas communities.

YES! High School Student Welding Internship students gaining hands-on work experience at Carry-On Trailer in Mexia.


To provide a well-trained workforce for employers in order to ensure the economic growth of the region.

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas has had an impactful year in our commitment to our region. Throughout the year, we have diligently served our Veterans, built our talent pipeline, empowered and invested in our workforce, and exceeded in helping employers hire qualified candidates. We are pleased to share that work and the impact it has had in our 2022 Impact Report.

Some of our proudest highlights include:

Supporting and hosting 150 hiring events and job fairs;

Assisted 31 new businesses with staffing for new operations;

Securing $425,429 in grant funding to expand our healthcare, early childhood educator, and trades apprenticeship programs;

Making the 2022 Hiring Red, White & You! Hiring Fair Waco's largest hiring event for Veterans;

Granting child care tuition scholarships to 2,267 families.

Our work would not be possible without the visionary leadership and guidance of our Chief Elected Officials and Board of Directors. Our regional chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, post-secondary institutions, independent school districts, and other agency partners have been invaluable to achieving our mission. As always, thank you for your continued confidence in Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas.


David Fowler

Board Chair

Heart of Texas Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Anthony Billings

Executive Director

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Letter from the Board Chair & Executive Director

Throughout the year, we have diligently served our Veterans, built our talent pipeline, empowered and invested in our workforce, and exceeded in helping employers hire qualified candidates.

Heart of Texas Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Judge Justin Lewis, Lead Chief Elected Official, Hill County

Judge Cindy Vanlandingham, Bosque County

Judge Jay Elliott, Falls County

Judge Linda Grant, Freestone County

David Fowler, Board Chair, Freestone County

Russ Foster, Chair-Elect, Limestone County

Alvin Pollard, Sr., Secretary/Parliamentarian, McLennan County

Shirley Crockett, Treasurer, McLennan County

Paige Key, Past-Chair, Bosque County

Keith Stanford , At-Large Member, All Counties

Clyff Curry , Oversight Committee Chair, All Counties

Linda Calhoun, Bosque County,

Howard Childs, McLennan County

Diane Cowan, McLennan County

Warren Davis, Freestone County

Jessica Ford, Falls County

Chief Elected Officials

Board of Directors

Judge Richard Duncan, Limestone County

Judge Scott Felton, McLennan County

Mayor Dillon Meek, City of Waco

Stephanie Garza, Limestone County

Laura Harborth, Hill County

Bruce Hardt, McLennan County

Dr. Susan Kincannon, McLennan County

Roy Nash, McLennan County

Janise Ochoa, McLennan County

Valerie Parker, McLennan County

Andrew Pick, McLennan County

Celia Stem, Falls County

Maggie Stinnett, McLennan County

Ronda Swaim, All Counties

Mark Vera, McLennan County

Casey Wade, All Counties

Serving our Veterans

Veteran meeting employer at the 2022 Hiring Red, White & You! Hiring Fair

Connected Veterans with

Employers at our

2022 Veteran Hiring Fairs.


Helped Veterans earn

Median wages per quarter.



Assisted disabled Veterans in earning

Median wages per quarter.



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Meet Donald, a US Navy Veteran who attended the 2022 Hiring Red, White and You! Hiring Fair in hopes to secure a new job after three months of what seemed like an endless job search.

"The hiring fair was awesome. It was really easy. I received several job leads. Salvation Army gave me an application on the spot and asked me to fill it out, bring it in, and I’d have the job right then and there.

This new position is helping me finally move out of transitional housing and obtain permanent housing.

And for that I'm grateful."

Impact in Action

Veterans Served


Partnerships with employers are crucial to the success of our local workforce. Just this year, Workforce Solutions assisted 31 new businesses by helping them quickly identify and hire staff for their new operations. We hosted 150 hiring events and job fairs—an average of 12 events per month—to help employers stay connected with our highly-qualified, local talent pool. Our staff works tirelessly to make employer relationships a priority, and our employer data reflects that effort.

Impacting our Employers

Employers Served


Job seeker meeting employer at the 2022 Fall Hiring Fair

Amazon Hiring Event







"Amazon is absolutely blown away by the results we have experienced by partnering with Workforce Solutions. The Business Solutions team was able to leverage the many tools available to the employers they serve and have consistently exceeded our expectations each time we have a hiring event. We are so thankful to have built a partnership with Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas and look forward to the future in Waco.”

-Adam Kern, WFS Engagement Specialist Amazon

Impact in Action

Candidate meeting Amazon representative at the 2022 Amazon Hiring Event

Hiring events & job fairs hosted

New businesses were provided assistance in staffing for new operations



Employers participated in hiring events & job fairs


We continue to leverage our programs, funding and resources to ensure residents in our six-county region can find and keep employment, obtain in-demand skills, and maximize their earning potential. Our programs are more than filling vacant jobs—they allow us to empower individuals to get back on their feet, achieve and maintain a high quality of life, and find fulfilling careers.

Empowering our Workforce

Facilitator, Ron, providing hands-on assistance to a job seeker at the McLennan County Workforce Solutions Center

of job seekers remained employed one year after receiving services

Increase in monthly median wages of job seekers who completed career training



Job seekers attended hiring events & job fairs


Job Seekers Served




Building our

Talent Pipeline

Continuing to grow a first-class, competitive workforce takes vision—a vision that provides opportunities for individuals to obtain the in-demand skills and experience necessary to succeed within our targeted industries. Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas is building that pipeline of workers by expanding its apprenticeship programs with the help of $425,429 in grant funding.

Part of the funds allowed us to plan and create two new apprenticeship offerings, the Early Childhood Educator Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and the Patient Care Technician program. Both programs will provide apprentices with paid on-the-job learning, educational courses, and one-on-one coaching in the field, as well as national, industry-­recognized credentials.

We were also able to extend our Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which prepares individuals for RAPs in high-demand, skilled trade occupations.

Our community partners including local unions, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and child care providers ensure we are able to offer quality training programs along with employment after training.

Watch video below to meet Bailey, a 2022 MC3 Graduate & First-Year Electrician Apprentice at Rosendin Electric.

Investing in our Future Workforce

We invest in the future by ensuring our youth have access to local career and educational opportunities through a variety of programs and events. This year, we reached over 3,000 students across 35 high schools.

Through our Summer Work Experience Programs, which assist at-risk youth and youth with disabilities, 58 youth gained real, hands-on work experience over the summer. Participating youth earned 4,381 paid summer work experience hours, totaling $43,810 in wages, at 20 different worksites throughout our six-county service area.

We also secured $55,908 in grant funding for continued support of the YES! High School Student Welding Internship initiative, a paid internship for Waco ISD's Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA) juniors and seniors.

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Youth Served

Students across 35 high schools received career & education outreach



Median earned by youth in Summer Work Experience Programs



Angelo is one of many youth who participated in our Paid Summer Work Experience Programs. He spent his summer gaining work experience and valuable, hands-on skills at Hilton Waco.

"It’s been really awesome working here at the Hilton. I’ve learned to check people in, scan their cards, and assist them with their flights. This job helps me do my best and is good experience if I were to ever work at another hotel."

Meet Angelo

Watch the video below to see the 2022 YES! Expo in action.

Tomorrow's Workforce, Today.

Hours of professional development provided to teachers & directors

Families received child care tuition scholarships so they could go to school or work



Children received access to high-quality early learning programs


Sustained success for our workforce begins with providing access to high-quality, early childhood programs for all families. Research shows that high-quality child care helps children be more successful in school, as well as provides improved health and increased learning outcomes over children's lifetimes.

Providers in our child care programs are encouraged to obtain a Texas Rising Star (TRS) certification, a quality rating and improvement system that ensures we continue to enhance the quality of our programs and better equip child care providers.

Workforce Solutions helped 65 child care providers obtain or maintain their TRS certification, as well as provided 156 hours of professional development to program teachers and directors. Our programs significantly impact our current workforce as well, as they provide lower income families with child care tuition scholarships (2,267) so parents can work or attend educational programs.

We also invested $378,572 to enhance classroom learning environments for children by extending the classroom outdoors. Playground equipment and materials were purchased to create outdoor classrooms to more deeply engage children in learning math, science, art and literacy.

Children Served


Employer Awards

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas is proud to have nominated local employers for the 25th Annual Texas Workforce Conference. These employers were honored for the positive impact their efforts and initiatives have made on our workforce and community.

Ascension Providence
Large Employer of the Year Video

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JAG Aviation Inc
Small Employer of the Year Finalist Video

Impact Funds

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas administered $22,230,617 in program funds during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas is funded by federal and state funds and through private grants.

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Heart of Texas Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Board Staff

Anthony Billings

Executive Director

Aquanetta Brobston

Quality Assurance Coordinator/

Equal Opportunity Officer/504 Coordinator

David Davis

Project Support Specialist

Erin Dosher

Workforce Grants & Initiatives Manager

April Dossey

Digital Communications Specialist

Eunice Fernandez

Director of Strategic Planning

Judy Hedge

Administrative Coordinator

Sugey Jaimes

Project Support Specialist

Kary Kuecker

Workforce Contract Manager

Nancy Maldonado


Jose Palacios

Manager of Business & Industry Initiatives

Julie Talbert

Child Care Manager

Vicki Williams

Budget & Contract Officer


Proudly serving the six-county region of Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan.

The Heart of Texas Workforce Development Board, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
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