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Changing the Tide of Higher Education: How Texas Remains Committed to Tomorrow's Workforce

In the manufacturing world, it’s tough to dispute the power of the Texas workforce.

Texas communities deliver big when it comes to workforce investment — thanks to a multitude of technical education systems and robust state and local training programs.

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How House Bill 5 Affects the Workforce Skills Gap

House Bill 5 changed everything for the workforce skills gap.

On June 10, 2013, the bill was signed into law, lowering the number of required end-of-course exams that high schoolers in Texas must pass to graduate from 15 down to five.

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Midlothian Teams Up With Local Businesses and Schools to Spur Workforce Development

What is one thing that every community and every company have in common?

People.

Industrious men and women are what drive our world forward. Which is why workforce development issues are a perennial hot topic across every industry. 

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Solving the Manufacturing Skills Gap: 3 Tips to Retain a Skilled Workforce

It’s no secret that the increasing role of automation and advanced technologies is widening the manufacturing skills gap.

Companies who attract and retain skilled workers can gain a competitive edge in an industry that rewards productivity, efficiency, and quick turnaround times.

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5 Ways Tuition Assistance Improves the Workplace

February 21, 2019 by Midlothian Economic Development

In today’s competitive economy – where attracting top talent is always a concern – tuition assistance is a valuable tool in an employer’s cache of perks.

For many savvy companies, tuition reimbursement grants the opportunity to stand out from the crowd; shine a little brighter.

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Industry 4.0: Why Texas Technical Jobs Aren't Going Anywhere

February 14, 2019 by Midlothian Economic Development

The future of manufacturing has arrived, and with it comes doomsday predictions about how artificial intelligence and automation will transform the Texas workforce.

AI, smart-home technology, and other innovations have come to reality in quick succession over the past few years, transforming lives and businesses everywhere.

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A Well-Positioned Texas Workforce: Midlothian's Labor Market

January 03, 2019 by Midlothian Economic Development

As Texas continues to experience job growth and a record-low unemployment rate, it’s no wonder that businesses and prospective employees alike continue to flock to the region.

With an unemployment rate at 3.7 percent as of October, Texas — and specifically, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex — has enjoyed great private-sector employment gains over a breadth of industries.

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Top Manufacturing Trades in Demand: What's Attracting Your Texas Workforce?

December 10, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes job growth.

The Lone Star State has experienced annual employment growth for 27 consecutive months, according to the latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission. Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate fell to a record low of 3.8 percent in August.

Despite a nationwide struggle to find strong labor supply for advanced manufacturing, Texas boasts an available workforce, a steady economy, and an outlook for continued growth.

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Is Technical Education the Answer to Closing the Workforce Skills Gap?

November 21, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Despite an overall positive year, thanks to a strong economy, a growing and persistent challenge is exasperating the manufacturing sector. The skilled labor shortage is intensifying, but technical education could be the answer.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs were added in September 2018, reaching 12.7 million jobs.

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