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Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas

Education and Training

Getting training is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. While you can learn the skills you need on-the-job for many occupations, training for other skills may be required for higher paying jobs.

Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas supports training for some of the region's high-skill, high-demand occupations. If you're interested in pursuing training, Workforce Solutions Talent Acquisition Specialists can help you determine what you want to study, how to pay for it and where you might go for assistance.

Help Paying for Education and Training

Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas can help pay for training for some of the region's high-skill, high-growth occupations. Explore the Target Occupations available for training. Individuals who receive training and education support from Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas must use a training provider and program on the Statewide Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL).

Education Funding Resources

Pell Grants - Pell Grants are federal grants that don't have to be repaid. They are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. How much you get will depend not only on your financial resources, but also on your cost of attendance, whether you're a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. You may receive only one Pell Grant in an award year, and you may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time. Learn more or complete an application.

Veteran funding – The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) connects Texas veterans to higher education and technical training opportunities. Veterans may qualify for funding through the GI Bill and/or Hazlewood Act. Learn more or apply for benefits.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funding – Customers with disabilities may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services to obtain, retain or advance employment. VR Counselors work with customers to develop a plan that includes funding options when education and training is needed to secure employment. Customers can connect with Vocational Rehabilitation or visit a Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas Career Center.

State funding – Customers may also qualify for state grants and scholarships that don’t have to be repaid. Most grants are awarded based on financial need but may also require students to maintain a certain grade point average or take specific courses. A list of state grants and scholarships as well as qualifying criteria, can be found at www.collegeforalltexans.com.


Online Learning Resources

Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas offers free online tools to provide individuals looking for work with learning opportunities that are accessible anywhere, anytime. Classes are self-paced and can lead to professional certificates and/or industry-recognized credentials. Texas Workforce Commission partners with Metrix to extend these opportunities to our customers.

Metrix Online Learning Platform

Texas Workforce Commission has partnered with Metrix Learning to help Texas residents brush up on skills to prepare for better employment opportunities. The Metrix online learning platform provides Texans free online job readiness courses.

Watch the one-minute video overview of Metrix Learning.   

Listen to some recent course graduates.

The Metrix online learning platform provides unlimited access to more than 5,000 Skillsoft courses used by many Fortune 500 companies.  Courses are broken into 30- to 60-minute modules and are presented in English and Spanish. Courses include: 

  • Customer Service 
  • Microsoft Office; Adobe; Quick Books 
  • Analytical Skills; Data Management/Reporting 
  • Time Management; Leadership Skills 
  • Health & Safety; First Aid 
  • And many more skill tracks. 

You can sign up for Metrix using your WorkInTexas.com account by following these steps:

  1. Log in to WorkInTexas.com.
  2. In the Directory of Services, click “Education Services” and “Online Learning Resources”.
  3. Click the blue Metrix Learning logo.
    Metrix Learning Logo
  4. Click the “Register here” link to automatically create your Metrix account and go to the Metrix site.
    Register for Metrix Learning here

If you do not have a WorkInTexas.com account, you can sign up through the Metrix Portal at https://tx.metrixlearning.com/

Metrix Customer Support

If you are having trouble accessing the Metrix online learning platform, contact Metrix Learning customer support directly:

How to Access Health Care and Manufacturing Courses in Metrix

Metrix Learning offers specialized content including:

  • 1,000+ courses in health care topics such as billing and coding, HIPAA, home health aide, and CNA
  • 700+ courses in manufacturing topics such as math, blueprint reading, electrical, and green energy.

To access this content, please contact your local workforce solutions office to request a specialized health care or manufacturing license in Metrix. To find the local workforce office nearest you, visit our Workforce Solutions Directory.  You can also email your request to TWC at skillsenhancement@twc.texas.gov.

Find Online Training

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FREE Access to Online Training Series

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Take the 5 Minute Countdown! - Take 5 minutes to invest in your career with the free online training courses available to you at home or on the go. Courses include topics for career seekers, mid-level employees, managers, supervisors, and community leaders!

How to get started:

Step 1: Visit this Welcome! page

Step 2: Insert the Registration code WSDET and click on Register

Step 3: Complete the required fields

Step 4: Check your email to verify your account

Step 5: You will see that you have been registered and can now go to My Learning to view and select your 5-Minute Countdown courses

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