Round Rock Chamber Highlights Partnership with WSRCA

Partnerships are vital to moving the needle forward and, as such, the Round Rock Chamber has the honor of working with stellar organizations throughout the community. Those partnerships allow us to amplify our impact on the community as a whole.

For more than thirty years, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) has been fueled by its vision for delivering world-class services and support to businesses in the Round Rock area. This is achieved by preserving an integrated employer-driven workforce system, which actively involves employers in workforce decisions, to enhance their opportunities to compete at a global level.

WSRCA is a non-profit community partnership providing no cost recruitment, employment services, and childcare assistance, to businesses and job seekers in the Rural Capital Area. This nine-county region includes Bastrop; Blanco; Burnet; Caldwell; Fayette; Hays; Lee; Llano; and Williamson counties. In 2018, WSRCA invested $23,290,543 in Rural Capital Area workforce funding, serving 3,829 employers, 17,846 job seekers, and 2,269 veterans, as well as 5,320 children sponsored with local childcare providers.

Bolstered by its partnership with the Round Rock Chamber and education providers such as Austin Community College, WSRCA adapts quickly to any high-demand training needs within the region, to support the industries fueling our economy.

WSRCA maintains a team of dedicated Business Services Specialists to assist employers at every stage of their workforce needs:

  • On-Site Recruiting
  • Interviewing and Hiring
  • Job Fairs – like the Hiring Red, White & You – Statewide Veterans Hiring Fair each November
  • Internet-Based Job Postings
  • Assistance with Customized Skill Training
  • Wage and Labor Market Information
  • Employee Layoff Assistance

WSRCA recognizes that Round Rock employers must have a highly qualified and skilled workforce in order to compete. It has resources available to upgrade the skills of your current employees, or to train new employees with a specific skill set. Some of the funding opportunities to train your workforce include the Skills for Small Business program, the Skills Development Fund, the Texas Industry Partnership program, and the High Demand Job Training program. WSRCA also supports employers through the Summer Earn & Learn Program, a statewide initiative to offer students with disabilities, aged 16 to 22, work readiness training and paid work experience, providing area businesses with a workforce pipeline of talented workers of all abilities.

“The Round Rock Chamber and WSRCA have collaborated on many initiatives and campaigns in the area to provide value-focused business solutions for employers,” said WSRCA CEO Paul Fletcher. “We’re very proud of our partnership with the chamber, and its work to grow Round Rock’s economy, and the diversity of the area’s workforce opportunities.”

Together, WSRCA and the Round Rock Chamber spearheaded the launch of the Teacher Externship Program in Central Texas, which places educators with local businesses, to shadow their operations and enrich the classroom to career connections made for students.

The Round Rock Chamber’s Skilled Trades Image Campaign was also supported by WSRCA, and aimed to educate young people about career options in the skilled trades. The organizations have also combined youth talent development efforts by encouraging employers to take part in career exploration events at local schools throughout the year. These efforts represent a shared vision to prepare our youth for the workforce opportunities of tomorrow and connect them with local employers to ensure our region’s economy will remain strong.

“WSRCA and the Round Rock Chamber are committed to working side-by-side to leverage workforce resources and partnerships across all industries to deliver more value for our communities,” added Fletcher. “Together, we’re dedicated to creating opportunities where Business and Careers Meet.”

For more information on WSRCA Business Services, visit their website here.