Orange County, Texas (February 6th, 2024) – Orange County Judge and Commissioner’s signed
a proclamation today acknowledging “Salute to Southeast Texas Workforce Month” to be
recognized February 1 ,2024 – March 7, 2024. This effort led by the Orange County Economic
Development Corporation highlights the educational partners, employers and workforce training
providers that are working together to help fill the thousands of construction and permanent jobs
in Orange County. Economic development is booming with more than $12.5 billion worth of
current and planned projects in Orange County and another $73 billion in Southeast Texas.
Kicking off Salute to Southeast Texas Workforce Month, the community celebrated the grand
opening of the new CHRISTUS Hospital – Orange on February 1st. This new facility brings the
addition of 80 healthcare jobs into our community.
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas’ annual Youth Expo, “Connect to Your Future!” will take
place on Thursday, February 8 at Ford Park. More than 4,000 high school students from Region
V and beyond will have the opportunity to interact with more than 130 exhibitors including
business and industry, college and training providers, and military and government agencies.
Through hands on activities, the students will learn about careers in various important industries
in our area.
The Texas FAME Golden Triangle Chapter’s (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing
Education) mission is to drive workforce development initiatives across Texas. TXFAME’s
primary focus is to develop and grow a skilled pipeline of workers through the engagement of
the current and future workforce in partnership with industry and the community. In partnership
with Lamar State College Orange, FAME is a 5 semester program where students obtain 60
college credit hours and 2 years of work experience with an industry partner upon completion of
the program. Applications for the Fall 2024 semester are now open.
Golden Triangle Polymers Local First in collaboration with Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas
will conduct its second Local First job fair on March 7 which will promote awareness of and
accessibility to the job opportunities at the $8.5 billion Golden Triangle Polymers project. Primary
contractors, educational entities and others will be in attendance.