On behalf of the Board of Directors of Workforce Solutions Cameron and the board and contractor staff it is with great respect and appreciation that we honor Julian Alvarez III for his untiring service to the Rio Grande Valley as a TWC Commissioner for the past seven years. 

Mr. Alvarez is known statewide as the Texas Tornado a tag he earned from day one of his tenure as a commissioner, constantly traveling the state of Texas and the nation, delivering the message of the many innovative Texas workforce programs and working with his fellow commissioners to develop exciting new ways that the Texas Workforce Commission can assist the local workforce boards in the delivery of services to the state’s employers and job seekers. 

It is no secret that since Mr. Alvarez has joined the commission, over $25 million in TWC funding has flown to Valley schools in the way of jet grants for equipment and for skills development grants to Valley organizations like SpaceX, DHR Health, SteelCoast, Rich Products, Texas Southmost College and more. Every grant providing for the expansion and upgrade of our workforce or to establish new training programs to help bring our Valley economy into the 22nd century. 

Julian Alvarez is not a low-key kind of guy. He has built a reputation as an energetic champion of the registered apprenticeship movement in Texas, new training initiatives for special populations such as justice system involved individuals, and new support funding programs for healthcare professionals during their clinical training rotations.

Workforce Solutions Cameron’s Board of Directors hereby officially thanks Julian Alvarez III for his outstanding service to the state of Texas and particularly to the Rio Grande Valley. May the private sector now enjoy the energy and enthusiasm that marks the character of Julian Alvarez. And may he continue to put the Rio Grande Valley as a priority in his dreams for a better future. Thank you, Julian.

Editor’s Note: The above commentary was provided by Pat Hobbs, executive director of Workforce Solutions Cameron at a recent reception honoring Julian Alvarez, the retired labor representative on the Texas Workforce Commission. The reception was hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership and held at the McAllen Convention Center. Hobbs can be reached via email at: [email protected] 

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