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Commissioner Cook Announces Weekly Virtual Career Fair

Offered by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas

  • 9 September 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2947

Join online every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. for the Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo Hiring Experience. Register today to virtually connect with hiring recruiters hosting interactive booths from dozens of local companies. Explore their exciting career, apprenticeship and internship opportunities in the Rural Capital Area, chat with employers, and take part in free virtual career-enhancement workshops right from your own computer, or mobile device. All job seekers welcome.

Job Seekers, Pre-register todaybit.ly/wsrcavirtualcareerexpo

Employers, Free Recruiting Booths Are Available: https://ruralcapitalarea.getyourbooth.com/

Education challenges, successes at Juvenile Services by Commissioner Cook

To donate to the school supplies drive, please call or email Julie Watts at 512-943-3207 or jwatts@wilco.orgplease (also at end of column with live link).

  • 20 August 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3251

On Aug. 3, Commissioner Cook donated school supplies for the Williamson County Juvenile Services annual school supply drive.

Well, it's back-to-school time in Central Texas, or is it? One school is like no other. Williamson County Juvenile Services--  within the Georgetown school district boundary--holds classes for three student populations every academic year and this time, amidst a continuing pandemic.

The three groups include detention students awaiting their court appearance, residential treatment program students, and community students who have been expelled to the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program by their local school district.

To plan classes for this juvenile facility serving the largest number of school districts in the state, Tara Stewart, new principal at the Juvenile Justice Center, has been meeting virtually for weeks with the school's registrar, administrative assistant and 16 teachers.

To operate the Juvenile Services school requires a budget of over $1 million, to which every school district contributes based on student attendance. Typically, the highest number of students attending are from the Round Rock school district, as it is the largest district.

Most in the juvenile system tend to be middle and high schoolers, but ages can range from 10 to 18.

For the first three weeks of school beginning Aug. 17, students expelled from their school districts but at home will participate in distance learning. In-person learning for these students is scheduled to start Sept. 8.

Since teachers share teaching spaces, Stewart said the Georgetown district has provided noise-cancelling headphones, hotspots and laptops for all students, both residential and those distance learning at home.

Students will be using Google Classroom to complete assignments and submit them. Instruction will be synchronous, and students will have independent work time that may be away from a computer.

Getting kids to complete their coursework is challenging. Most of these students are already behind academically, so keeping them engaged in learning is difficult.

The overall goal is ensuring students remain within the scope and sequence of their home district, so they will return to their home school prepared to thrive.

If non-residents aren't making progress, the center sends case managers to their homes and also offers virtual counseling to help them overcome their setbacks.

Commissioner Cook Encourages School Supplies Donations to County Juvenile Services

Press Release from the Wilco Public Information Office

  • 30 July 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2929

Williamson County Juvenile Services is holding a Back-to-School Supply Drive for local students in need. Supplies needed include backpacks, pens, pencils, spiral paper, loose leaf paper, subject folders with three clasps, markers, crayons, safety scissors, rulers with metric measurements, used computers that can connect to the internet, and gift cards.

Donations will be accepted through the month of August at Williamson County Juvenile Services, located at 200 Wilco Way in Georgetown, or by calling Brooke Hall at 512-943-3223 to arrange a pick-up.

Commissioner Cook Announces Wilco Fair and Rodeo Inaugural Date Moved

Information from the Williamson County Public Information Office

  • 29 July 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3127

On July 28, 2020, the Williamson County Fair Association announced the rescheduling of the Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo from Oct. 22-24, 2020 to Oct. 21-23, 2021.

Scott Heselmeyer, president of the association, along with the board of directors, said they made this decision as a responsible course of action for the community, volunteers and sponsors. However, the association will continue planing a youth livestock show and a scholarship program for the fall. More details on these programs will be released in the future. 

Commissioner Cook Announces Back To School Scholarship Opportunity From Western Governors University Texas

WGU Texas is an online, nonprofit university offering degrees in education, business, IT or healthcare.

  • 23 July 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3002


Valued at up to $2,500

Apply by October 31, 2020

Commissioner Cook embraces WGU's philosophy of encouraging Wilco residents to follow their ambition by pursuing the education that will help them advance their careers. For more information go to scholarship opportunity or call 877-214-7011. According to Gallup, the most important keys to engaging adults are having someone who encourages their development and making sure that they have opportunities to learn and grow.


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