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Mr. Blas Castaneda

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Owner and Consultant

Phone: (956) ***-****  
Local Address:  San Antonio , Texas , United States
Company Description: It is with tremendous excitement that we introduce our newest venture, and your opportunity for consulting services, CTA Global Solutions, a powerful and innovative...   more

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Contact Us | CTA Global, 31 Jan 2015 [cached]
Blas Castaneda
Others who deserve praise, Garza said, ... [cached]
Others who deserve praise, Garza said, include Blas Castañeda, chair of the TBC's workforce committee, former Laredo Mayor and TBC Chair Betty Flores, South Texas College, McAllen Economic Development Corporation, and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for making ABE one of its top legislative priorities.
Castañeda was chief external affairs/special projects officer for Laredo Community College for many years. The Guardian interviewed him in April when the Huffman/Guillen legislation was making its way through the legislature.
"The Adult Basic Education program is absolutely crucial to decreasing unemployment, increasing literacy, and putting Texas and especially our border region on a path to continued economic success in the 21st Century," Castañeda told the Guardian. He said TBC supports moving ABE to TWC provided current funding for the program stays intact and resources are allocated to the areas of greatest need.
"Through the 28 local workforce boards all around the state, TWC has excellent connections to employers and the skills and training they need in the workforce. TWC understands that in today's competitive world, the most important goal of ABE is to prepare workers to join the workforce and take care of their families as rapidly as possible," Castañeda wrote in a letter sent last November to state Rep.
In his letter to the Sunset Commission, Castañeda pointed out how important ABE is for the communities represented by TBC. "Many border cities and communities suffer from a high percentage of citizens, aged 25 years and older, who lack a high school diploma," Castañeda wrote. "In El Paso, for example, 30 percent of the workforce lacks a high school diploma or GED. In Laredo that number climbs to 45 percent; and 48 percent in Brownsville. Statewide the figure is 24 percent.
"Please remember that these workers are an untapped gold mine of productivity for the border, and they need ABE education so that they can access job skill training and begin contributing to their local economies," Castañeda wrote. "With investment in our human resource, we can make our border cities attractive to high tech and high-skilled industries that can provide a better quality of living to residents. Thank you for remembering how important the ABE program is to so many people, especially along the border."
Castañeda also pointed out that in Laredo the ABE program has a long waiting list of students who want to learn new job skills in order to take advantage of oil and gas development in the Eagle Ford Shale play. Castañeda also noted that the Sunset Commission recommended a transition advisory committee be set up to oversee the move from TEA to TWC. This recommendation made it into law. Castañeda said the advisory committee should:
Blas Castaneda - send an ..., 30 Nov 2012 [cached]
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Blas Castaneda is the external affairs/economic development officer at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas and served on the original Texas Workforce Investment Council from 1990-1994. In 2008 he was appointed to serve again on the Texas Workforce Investment Council. A Post-secondary veteran of 34 years at Laredo Community College, he has enjoyed a pro-active career in building collaborations, partnerships, and regional planning for public education, higher education with business and industry at the local, regional, state, and international levels along the Texas-Mexico Border. He was elected council member to the Laredo City Council from 1988-1996. He was the leader in developing and establishing the distance learning program that is part of the virtual college of Texas on line systems. Castaneda established the Laredo District V Scholarship Bound program in 1989 that has awarded several hundred thousand dollars in scholarships to talented youth of limited income. Mr. Castaneda is on the Board as Ex-Officio President and served as President (2006-2008) of the Future of the Region Inc. (FORI). He is a member and chair to the workforce and education committee of the Texas Border Coalition (TBC), he also serves on the Board of TMC formerly Texas Migrant Council which is a multimillion, multi-state, multi service organization that promotes services in family literacy, consumer education, prenatal care, and education for parents in identifying quality daycares with a budget of almost $100 million dollars. In January of 2009, Mr. Castaneda joined the South Texas Workforce Solutions Board as a member representing Adult and Continuing Education as an appointment from the Mayor of Laredo. Mr. Castaneda has extensive experience in regional planning with school districts, colleges, and universities and the private sector. He is highly respected by both business and labor in working for them to establish high wages-high skills business development. Mr. Castaneda has received numerous awards for economic development, community service, education and labor. Texas Lulac Council 12 recognized him in 1999 with the Tejano's High Achievers Award for his achievements in education, Laredo-Webb County Bar Association recognized him with the Liberty Bell Award for being an advocate for students and women and the Central Labor Council of Webb County, AFL-CIO bestowed the 1st "Salute To Labor" Star Award for his service to the community, assistance to students and economic development in 1995. A true friend of labor.
The Network - Contact Us, 31 Jan 2007 [cached]
Blas CastañedaChief Development OfficerLaredo Community College
TMC - Board of Directors, 12 May 2011 [cached]
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