Texas Works Path to Success Pilot Program

Texas Works Path to Success (TWPS) is a pilot program offered in the Houston area to equip adults and high school seniors at selected schools to join the workforce and achieve economic stability. The program is a partnership between Texas Health and Human Services, Houston Independent School District, Goodwill Houston and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service. TWPS aims to increase economic self-reliance, housing stability, educational advancement and quality of life by providing participants with training to learn valuable and practical job skills.

TWPS Career Pathways

  • HHS Eligibility Specialist (Texas Works Advisor I): Provides help to Texans in need of financial, food and medical assistance. Does research and interviews applicants to get financial and personal information to determine eligibility for programs.
  • HHS Texas Works Clerk: Provides essential clerical services to keep the office operating in an efficient manner. Works face to face with customers and helps answer questions related to benefits.
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research Certification: Core training for various construction career opportunities.
  • Apartment Maintenance Professional Certification: Learn skills for a career in apartment maintenance. Note: This pathway is available for participants in the adult TWPS program.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the student or adult TWPS program you:

  • Must currently receive SNAP food benefits (food stamps);
  • cannot receive TANF cash help or SNAP Employment and Training services through the Texas Workforce Commission and
  • must reside in Harris or surrounding counties.

I am an adult (18 years or older). What opportunities are available to me through TWPS?

Participants who successfully complete the HHS Clerical or Eligibility Specialist pathways and have a high school diploma (or equivalent) will be hired in a Houston-area eligibility office. These staff help connect Texans to services like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid. There are also construction and apartment maintenance career pathways.

Participants will have access to:

  • Job readiness training from Goodwill Houston including: interviewing, problem-solving, time management, work etiquette, interpersonal skills and basic job retention skills.
  • Case management and wraparound services that assist participants with overcoming barriers that would prevent them from participating, such as child care needs or transportation assistance.
  • Work-based learning opportunities in each of the career pathways offered.
    • Clerk
    • Eligibility Specialist
    • Goodwill Houston will also offer a construction career and apartment maintenance pathways.

Job benefits for HHS positions include:

  • Clerk starting annual salary $24,375
  • Eligibility Specialist starting annual salary $29,520
  • Free medical coverage for employees
  • Average of 15 paid holidays per year
  • Paid sick leave and vacation
  • Retirement benefits

I am a student in school. What opportunities will be available to me through TWPS?

Students who complete the HHS Eligibility Specialist pathway that will be offered during their senior year, will be hired in a Houston-area eligibility office upon successful completion of TWPS training and graduation from high school. These staff members help connect Texans to services like SNAP, TANF and Medicaid. There is also an additional career pathway in construction. Participating schools in the Houston area are Sterling High School, Worthing High School, Wheatley High School and Houston Can Academy North. 

Participants will have access to:

  • Job readiness training from Goodwill Houston including: interviewing, problem-solving, time management, work etiquette, interpersonal skills and basic job retention skills.
  • Case management and wraparound services that assist participants with overcoming barriers that would prevent them from participating, such as transportation needs.
  • Work-based learning opportunities in the career pathway offered.
    • Eligibility Specialist
    • Goodwill Houston will also offer a construction career pathway.

Job benefits for the Eligibility Specialist position includes:

  • Eligibility Specialist starting annual salary $29,520
  • Free medical coverage for employees
  • Average of 15 paid holidays per year
  • Paid sick leave and vacation
  • Retirement benefits