Texas Tech University alumnus Andres Alcantar, chairman and commissioner representing the public of the Texas Workforce Commission, will speak at Texas Tech's summer 2016 commencement ceremony on Aug. 13 at United Supermarkets Arena.
Alcantar received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in public administration from Texas Tech before beginning his notable career in public service. His experience includes directing the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, serving as an adviser to former Gov. George W. Bush in the Office of Budget and Planning and serving as deputy director of the Governor's Budget, Planning and Policy Division.
As chairman and commissioner representing the public, Alcantar works for the Texas Workforce Commission to implement customized services to meet the needs of Texas industries and advance the development of a strong and competitive workforce. Along with promoting the expansion of industry-based partnerships, Alcantar encourages the preparation of students for postsecondary success at work and in the classroom. These preparatory strategies focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives as key components of future workforce competitiveness in Texas.
“Andres Alcantar is a champion of STEM education and ensuring opportunities exist in these areas for K-12 and college students,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said. “We place great emphasis on STEM education at Texas Tech University and are fortunate to have Mr. Alcantar address our graduates as they prepare to enter the workforce.”
The Texas Workforce Commission oversees and delivers the state's employment, training, child care, adult education and unemployment insurance programs. Alcantar's work as chairman and commissioner has helped the Texas Workforce Commission execute its mission of promoting and supporting a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.