GE Engine Services received the Employer of Excellence Award from Workforce Solutions / Lower Rio at the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 14th Annual Texas Workforce Conference held November 17-19 in Dallas.

The award honors an employer that is actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and has made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.

Twice named among the region’s Best Places to Work, McAllen-based GE Engine Services is an advanced manufacturer employing nearly 550 engineers, machine and process operators, and other technical workers. The company maintains a strong relationship with Workforce Solutions / Lower Rio, and utilizes TWC’s to fill its hiring needs. In 2009 and 2010, the company partnered with South Texas College for a TWC Skills Development Fund job-training grant.

Furthermore, McAllen-based GE Engine Services has participated in other training, including the South Texas Manufacturers Association apprenticeship program, Workforce Solutions / Lower Rio’s on-the-job training programs, internships for college students, and the Subsidized Summer Youth Employment Program. The company also offers tuition reimbursement and provided more local jobs by opening a second plant in 2008, increasing its workforce from 375 to 534 in three years.

“Each year, Workforce Solutions / Lower Rio Grande Valley and our other workforce boards across the state engage an increasing number of our 12 million Texas workers with job-search assistance and other quality services that strengthen the Texas workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “It is my privilege to work with such dedicated people who have made services to the workers of Texas a priority.”

Workforce Solutions / Lower Rio is one of 28 local workforce development boards located throughout the state. The Board serves Starr, Hidalgo and Willacy counties through a network of partners located in the tri-county area. The primary goal of Workforce Solutions / Lower Rio is to respond to the needs of employers, workers and job seekers, and provide the resources needed to succeed in an ever-changing world. All employers, workers and job seekers are eligible to take advantage of these services.