Workforce Solutions Programs


Workforce Solutions of Central Texas offers a variety of programs designed to assist individuals to overcome barriers to successful employment.

Available Programs/Services at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas


To learn more about individual programs shown on this page contact your nearest Workforce Centers for more detailed information.

Career Centers




Our career centers are employability enhancement resource and technology centers offering services assisting individuals in gaining employment. Individuals are required to register in our automated system, WorkInTexas, which is done by going to the Texas Workforce Commission web site - using computer access either on your computer or those in a career center.

For more information on all available career center services click HERE.

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Child Care Services (CCS)




CCS provides financial assistance for childcare to customers who are currently working or attending an approved training activity. Customers must meet income guidelines.

See our Child Care Services Section for details.

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TANF/CHOICES




Purpose: TANF/ Choices provides employment, training, and job retention services for applicants, recipients, and former recipients of TANF cash assistance.
Population Served: Eligible single-parent families and eligible two-parent families with children.
Program Description: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Choices (TANF Choices) helps disadvantaged Texans transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency. The program, which is available to TANF benefit recipients, requires that recipients actively engage in work activities in order to qualify for the benefits.
Participation begins with the workforce orientation for applicants, which is an introduction to workforce services. TANF applicants are required to attend this orientation as a condition of eligibility unless the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) exempts them. Once certified for benefits, TANF recipients must attend an employment planning session. Choices program services include case management, assessment, development of a family employment plan, job search assistance, subsidized and unsubsidized employment, on-the-job training, unpaid work experience and community service, and support services. Services may also include training through co-enrollment in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program. Choices support services may include child care, transportation, and work-related expenses that enable recipients to participate in program activities and to accept and maintain employment. Services will vary based upon local service strategies. Teenagers who are heads of household are encouraged to finish high school or to receive their high school equivalency certificate before entering employment activities. While TANF Choices is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, TANF recipients receive grant benefits through the HHSC.

For more information about this program contact one of our workforce centers.

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Vocational Rehab (VR) - formerly known as DARS




Blind and vocational rehabilitation services include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services for adults with disabilities to prepare them for the workforce. The VR programs available through Workforce Solutions of Central Texas:

  1. The Vocational Rehabilitation program for individuals with visual impairments, including the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center

  2. The Vocational Rehabilitation program for individuals with other disabilities

  3. The Business Enterprises of Texas program

  4. The Independent Living Services program for older individuals who are blind.


The changes are the result of legislation passed during the 84th Texas Legislative session which places all of the state’s programs funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) together under one agency.

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Experience Works




Program Funded: Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
Purpose: The SCSEP provides training and employment services to eligible low-income job seekers age 55 and older.
Population Served: Low-income adults age 55 or older.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) administers the state’s portion of the program, primarily in rural communities, and contracts with a national organization, Experience Works, to manage the day-to-day program operations.
Program participants gain competitive job skills and refine existing skills through paid part-time onthe-job training at non-profit organizations and governmental entities such as school districts and city, county, state, and federal agencies. Participants earn minimum wages during their training and provide valuable community services. The SCSEP also coordinates with Workforce Solutions offices to assist program participants to become “job ready” and obtain unsubsidized employment with public and private entities.

For more information about this program contact one of our workforce centers.

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Adult Education Learning (AEL) Lab - Killeen




Program Funded : Adult Education – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II
Purpose : Adult education and literacy programs provide English language, math, reading, and writing instruction to help students acquire the skills needed to suceed in the workforce, earn a high school equivalency, or enter college or career training.
Population Served: Individuals must be at least 16 years of age and not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under State law. Additionally, they must meet at least one of the following criteria: (1) be basic skills deficient; (2) not have a high school diploma or its equivalent; or (3) be an English language learner.

For more information about this program contact the Literacy Lab at 254-200-2016.

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Killeen Business Resource Center (BRC)




The Central Texas Business Resource Center (the BRC) provides high-quality business counseling, training, and assistance to potential and existing small business owners. As a non-membership organization, the BRC is dedicated to providing services to all individuals requesting assistance. The BRC primarily serves the west Bell County area, and is supported by the Central Texas Workforce System, the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, and Central Texas College.

For more information about this program contact the Killeen BRC.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T)




Program Description: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training ( SNAP E&T) services are provided to SNAP benefit recipients who are classified as either general population (GP) or able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD). GP recipients are individuals ages 16 to 59 who are not employed, or are employed fewer than 30 hours per week. ABAWD recipients are individuals at least 18 years of age, but less than 50, not employed, or are employed less than 20 hours per week. Both GP and ABAWD participants and exempt SNAP recipients must participate in assigned SNAP E&T activities for a minimum weekly average of at least 30 hours.
Services include job search assistance, job readiness training, basic education, occupational training, work experience, and related support services. Payment for high school equivalency testing is also available

For more information about this program contact one of our workforce centers.

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Veteran Services




Program Description: The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) offers employment services to Texas veterans and helps employers find qualified veteran job applicants. The goal of these services is to match veteran job seekers with the best employment opportunities available.
TVC staff members are colocated in workforce centers across the state. Services include job matching and referrals, resume assistance, job search workshops, vocational guidance, training referrals, and other supportive services.
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) issuance of Priority of Service guidelines (June 2010) transferred more basic employment service functions to non-TVC workforce center staff. This transfer allowed TVC staff to provide more one-on-one intensive services to those most difficult to serve who are identified through a comprehensive assessment process

For more information about this program contact the Veterans Services Section.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)




WIOA Program Funded Adults – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title I
Purpose: WIOA provides employment and training services for adults.
Population Served: Participants must be 18 years of age or older; a citizen or noncitizen authorized to work in the U.S.; and meet Military Selective Service registration requirements (males only). Income eligibility is required for some services, such as training. Priority for receipt of career services and training services is placed on public assistance recipients, other low-income individuals, and individuals who lack basic skills.

For more information about this program contact one of our workforce centers.

Click HERE for an orientation on the educational training programs available under WIOA.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)




WIOA Program Funded Youth – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title I
Purpose: The program provides employment and training services for youth.
Population Served: WIOA established separate criteria for out-of-school and in-school youth, including removing income eligibility requirements for most out-of-school youth and raising the eligible age (16-24) for such youth. In-school includes ages 14 (unless an individual with a disability attending school under state law) through 21.

For more information about this program contact one of our Youth offices.

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