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City Name and Name of Workforce Area:
Fort Worth/Arlington, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

Contact Person:
Judy McDonald

Contact Information:
Judy McDonald
Executive Director
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
1320 S. University Dr. Ste 600
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price and Mayor of Arlington, Jeff Williams

2014 WSTC logo

Home of the Large and Small Employer of the Year


Workforce Solutions is proud to be the home of both the Small and Large Employer of the Year. Klein Tools Inc. and Lockheed Martin received this honor at the 20th Annual Texas Workforce Commission Conference held in December. Each of the 28 local workforce boards in Texas nominated organizations for contributions to their community’s workforce through innovation and collaboration with their local Workforce partner. Lockheed Martin was also recognized with the Local Employer Award of Excellence for the Tarrant County area.

Klein Tools Press Release

Lockheed Martin Press Release 


All Veterans who visit a workforce center receive priority of services. Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County has Veteran Representatives specifically trained to assist veterans with job search and career services.

For the past five years we have had the honor of participating in a Texas Workforce Commission initiative called Hiring Red, White & You! An initiative to help veterans and their spouses find employment. Below is a recap from our 5th Annual Event.

Hiring Red, White & You! connects Texas veterans and their spouses with Texas employers who value the experience, discipline and other exceptional qualities inherent with a military background. The statewide job fair encouraged Texas employers to help veterans in Texas transition into the civilian workforce.

Everyone we spoke to who was a part of the ribbon cutting was pleased with the event. We also heard lots of positive job seeker and employer feedback. To quote one job seeker “This event is amazing, you guys are changing lives!” We have shared more of the feedback from the event and additional photos in our recent YouTube Video, click on the link here to view it:

Sector Strategies

The Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Workforce Leadership Council (RWLC) is the driving force for a cooperative approach to promoting the region’s strongest industries. Following the industry cluster concept popularized by Michael Porter and the directives of Governor Rick Perry’s Industry Cluster Initiative, the RWLC has focused on supporting the region’s key clusters. The RWLC works to meet industries’ needs through the collaboration of the local workforce boards, chambers of commerce and business leaders. By addressing the employment, training and certification needs of the region’s industries, the RWLC aids in the further growth and success of the Dallas/Fort Worth economy. To date, the RWLC has received over $12 million in grants for training and educational initiatives that meet the needs of DFW regional employers.  Existing Sectors include Aerospace, Healthcare, Logistics Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Technology!  To read the latest copy of the Annual Report – Click Here.


DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium

Since 2003, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin and Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division have led the Aerospace Consortium. The companies have been instrumental in the creation of the “Gotta Jet?” career awareness program for students and their parents as well as the development of a common entry-level training program for future employees. With the support of the Arlington and Fort Worth Chambers, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center and Hillwood Properties, the Consortium continues to make important contributions to the North Texas region.

As one of the key industries for the region, aerospace manufacturing employs workers in over 75 companies, and promotion and training programs developed by the Aerospace Consortium will ensure that there is a pipeline of future employees for years to come.

The DFW Regional Aerospace Consortium, managed by Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County has developed an Aerospace gaming application for smart phones and devices.  The consortium is working with our regional academic partner, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), to develop the game and in partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

FLYBY was designed to generate interest in Aerospace and Aviation careers for elementary, middle, and high school students in an effort to build the local talent pipeline for future employment opportunities. The game features aircraft from local Aerospace companies – Lockheed Martin’s F35 and C130J, Bell Helicopter’s V-280, and Airbus Helicopter’s H155 and EC255.

Players will compete in challenging levels, overcoming obstacles and unlocking various aircraft by collecting parts to that specific vehicle.  Each level will include Aerospace and Aviation trivia questions for players to answer and collect points. The online stat board will be displayed on

You can download FLYBY for FREE on iTunes and Google Play NOW!!!!

Community Collaboration

In response to the WIOA mandate that Workforce Boards lead in collaboration within their jurisdiction, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County has developed an online web-based Partner Portal that is available to all organizations in Tarrant County providing workforce services. The portal is used by professionals rather than customers in order to provide skilled direction in a user-friendly format. The portal supplies a common, community-wide tool set to encourage online collaboration, provide access to a myriad of websites in one place, and provide a logical progression of assistance through assessment, career planning, understanding and choosing a career pathway, determining the need for training, choosing a training provider, securing financial aid, obtaining education/training, job readiness, apprenticeships and work-based training, post-employment services, and multiple resources to meet participant needs. To encourage more organizations to become actively involved on Career Pathway Collaboratives (CPC), access to the portal will be made available at no cost to the community and encourage organizations to join and participate in the CPC workgroups.

Tarrant County Alliance for Economic Independence (TCAEI) is envisioned as a community-wide workforce development system whereby all providers of workforce services and employers in the community collaborate to: 1) reach the high-need target groups and communities; 2) understand, validate and promote career pathways; 3) expand work-based learning opportunities; 4) apply for available funding efficiently and effectively; 5) maximize opportunities to attract additional funding; 6) identify gaps in workforce services and 7) develop strategies to fill those gaps. The committee’s stated purpose/mission statement for the TCAEI reads: “To establish a community-wide collaboration that is focused on achieving economic independence for all work able customers through career pathways, identifying and removing barriers to employment.”