Texas Workforce Commission — Project HIRE

Project HIRE students with business mentors
Project HIRE students spent a day with business mentors from the City of McAllen Public Works Department.

Texas Workforce Commission
101 East 15th Street
Austin, TX 78751
956-389-8950

Project Director
Leigh Ann Godinez

Project Period
January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016

Project Description
Project HIRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) is an innovative program to support individuals with severe developmental disabilities to complete post-secondary education at South Texas College. Through this project, the Division for Rehabilitation Services in the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services will supplement its Vocational Rehabilitation Program with wrap-around services that VR does not currently provide. This will provide one-on-one supports such as educational coaches, individual and family support, and college and employment readiness. The wrap-around services will help participants succeed in post-secondary education and job training and ultimately achieve employment.

State Plan Goal 1
Create and support promising practices that enable people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives by 9/30/2021.

Geographic Reach
Hidalgo County

Blue shape of Texas with county served colored orange

Area of Emphasis
Employment