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

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