Cameron Co. Workforce Launching Youth Ambassador Program

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 06:27 PM Updated: Jan 24, 2018 06:27 PM

BROWNSVILLE - For the first time Cameron Workforce Solutions is launching a youth ambassador program.

Regional Director for Cameron Workforce, Henry Castillo, told CHANNEL 5 NEWS there are jobs on the way to the RGV that our students won’t be able to pursue if they don’t know what they are or what kind of training and education they’ll need.

“It doesn’t help fill the jobs if people don’t know they exist,” explained Castillo. “More and more emerging jobs are jobs that didn’t exist even 12 months ago.”

The new youth ambassador program works to train four students (sophomores and juniors) from each Cameron County high school to work directly with their peers to learn about career exploration tools.

In the long run, officials hope the more skilled the new workforce grows, the more jobs will come to the Valley -- and stay here instead of moving to places like Dallas and Houston.

Workforce will train students on how to work with career exploration tools. They’ll then attend workshops with their peers and pass on the information to get students thinking about their future.

If you’re a Cameron County high school student interested in this program, talk to your school counselor or e-mail Workforce Solutions at community@wfscameron.org.

For two weeks this year, CHANNEL 5’s Heart of the Valley focused on employment in the valley and services for people looking for jobs. You can find more information on our HOV section.

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