COVID-19 & the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills Enhancement Opportunities

By June 22, 2020COVID-19

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will offer rapid skills enhancement opportunities to qualified workers. This state will offer this program to individuals on unemployment benefits during COVID-19 and will provide virtual skills enhancement opportunities. The unprecedented increase in claims due to COVID-19 resulted in an amplified need for a range of services to support businesses and workers, including the need to enhance the skills of unemployed individuals so they can prepare to return to the workforce. The state will work with two massive open online course providers to provide skills enhancement opportunities to hundreds of thousands of unemployed individuals. If individuals are currently on unemployment insurance, registered in, and interested in signing up for these online courses, the state requests that these individuals send their name, phone number, and email address to


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Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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