The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Council and Aerospace Committee held a joint meeting at Port San Antonio last week to discuss some of the initiatives being put forth by Workforce Solutions Alamo to aid in the training and development of workforce candidates in both the Aerospace and Cyber/IT industries. Workforce Solutions Alamo CEO, Adrian Lopez, presented on the importance of sector-based partnerships to ensure training programs and services offered by WSA closely align with industry standards, and are adequate not only for younger learners but those looking to upskill and re-skill as well. To bolster engagement in the Aerospace and Cyber/IT industries, WSA is planning to relocate their Marbach Career Center to Port San Antonio in order to have greater proximity to leading employers in those areas. This move, along with rebranding of the career center, will grant more exposure to opportunities available and allow those interested to visualize career paths in these areas to a greater extent.
Port San Antonio has established itself as an industry hub in both Cybersecurity and Aerospace and have only reinforced their commitment to those two industries with the opening of the Tech Port Center + Arena that houses the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology’s (SAMSAT) Area 21 Exhibit and the Alamo Regional Security Operations Center (ARSOC), along with other industry leaders that call Port San Antonio home.
Following the presentation from WSA, Aerospace Committee Chair Scott Gray (President, Elevate Systems) and Cybersecurity Council Chair Larry Hurtado (EVP and Managing Director, Qnext) outlined their visions and agenda for this year and garnered feedback on different interest areas. Aerospace and Cybersecurity are two industries identified by Workforce Solutions Alamo and the City of San Antonio that meet criteria for high paying, in demand jobs with great potential for industry growth. With that in mind, workforce development and fostering inter-sector collaboration will continue to be a focal issue of both the Cybersecurity Council and Aerospace Committee this calendar year. Additionally, throughout Texas’ 88th Legislative Session, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce will continue advocating for the expansion of Career and Technical Education in public schools and workforce training opportunities for upskilling to high need jobs.