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Education & Workforce

Education, Workforce, & Talent Alliance

Education is shaping students for productive adult living, and today’s students become tomorrow’s workforce. Prosper Waco is dedicated to aligning education and workforce goals in ways that value individuals as students who will become our emerging workforce. Community leaders with insight into how education connects with our future workforce make up this working group.

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Frank Graves

McLennan Community College

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Jennifer Branch

Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce

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Clay Springer

Rapoport Academy

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Tiffany Gallegos-Whitley

Prosper Waco

McLennan County College Access Network

McLennan County CAN exists to increase the access to certificates and degree programs for students in McLennan County, provide supports through completion of those programs, and focus on the access to financial resources and college information for all students in McLeanna County.

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Karen Clark

McLennan Community College

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Michelle Gonzalez

Baylor University

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Renee Jacinto

University High School

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Maria Arevalo

Prosper Waco

School &
Community Alliance

School & Community Alliance exists to provide children and families the additional support services needed for student success. We foster student success by bridging the gap between student’s physical, social, and behavioral well-being and their academic success, creating a system with a broad approach to student support.

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Josh Caballero

Grassroots Community Development

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Sarah Pedrotti

Transformation Zone

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Hermann Pereira

Prosper Waco

McLennan County Teacher Pipeline Community of Practice

This group consists to build a cohesive process in providing and maintaining a diverse, quality teacher and paraprofessional workforce to serve local K-12 programs

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Fred Hills

McLennan Community College

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Hazel Rowe

Region 12 - Retired

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Hermann Pereira

Prosper Waco

Waco Employer Resource Network (WERN)

The Waco Employer Resource Network (WERN) is comprised of local job training programs, social service agencies, staffing agencies and employers that collaborate to help job seekers find full-time jobs more quickly, provide support to individuals to maintain employment and offer employers a central point of contact to access the services of local agencies to fill job openings and reduce turnover.

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Jillian Jones

Communities in Schools

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Level Spencer

Caterpillar

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Lydia Tate

Christian Women's Job Corp

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Tiffany Gallegos-Whitley

Prosper Waco

Health

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Behavioral Health Leadership Team

The BHLT is composed of leadership from the local mental health authority, healthcare providers, government, and philanthropic foundations committed to aligning their resources to address mental health and substance abuse issues.

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Tom Stanton

Rapoport Foundation

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Daniel Thompson

MHMR

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Ferrell Foster

Prosper Waco

Healthy Women & Children Coalition

The Healthy Women and Children Coalition is a dedicated group led by the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, health education specialists, and social services and community volunteers who are working to increase the number of women who receive annual preventative care, reduce teen pregnancy, and reduce disparities in health outcomes of women of all races.

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Emillie Cunningham

Waco Family Medicine

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Francesca Austin Campbelll

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

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Beth Olson

Prosper Waco

Live Well Waco

Live Well Waco is a robust group of social service and health education providers who have been working together for over five years on projects aimed at reducing adult and childhood obesity and other chronic diseases through promoting healthy eating and active living.

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Emily Greene

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

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Jocelyn Williams

Grassroots Community Development

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Deneece Ferrales

Prosper Waco

Access to Healthcare

Live Well Waco is a robust group of social service and health education providers who have been working together for over five years on projects aimed at reducing adult and childhood obesity and other chronic diseases through promoting healthy eating and active living.

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Heather Travers

McLennan County Indigent Health Care

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Deneece Ferrales

Prosper Waco

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Financial Security

Asset-Building Coalition

The Asset Building Coalition works together to assist the LMI communities of Waco by ensuring they have access to affordable housing, clean title on existing housing, and financial education on wealth building tools.

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Eric Hobbs

Heart of Texas Council of Governments

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Dexter Hall

Prosper Waco

Bank On Coalition

Bank On Coalition is dedicated to ensuring members of our LMI communities and all Wacoans have access to safe and affordable financial products and services. 

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Libby Cain

Extraco Banks

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Dexter Hall

Prosper Waco

Small Business Working Group

The Small Business Working Group provides opportunities for members to understand the unique challenges and needs of minority small business owners within the Greater Waco Area and create solutions to ensure their continued success and growth.

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Dexter Hall

Prosper Waco

Cross-over Groups

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Case Management Working Group

This working group will meet to look at best practices and begin to align work across the different sectors that have case management as a part of what they do. A connection to a broader community could be beneficial for organizations.

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Telawna Kirbie

Prosper Waco

Families & Foster Care Coalition

The Coalition promotes communication, planning, and implementation regarding the needs of families in crisis and children in foster care. It pursues Analysis and Action regarding the current situation and changes to the statewide system that are on the horizon.

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Anna Futral

CASA of McLennan County

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Ferrell Foster

Prosper Waco

Our Communities
Our Future

OCOF is a local committee comprised of community partners that serve children and adolescents and young adults in our region. The goal of this committee is to identify the existing needs of children and adolescents, as well as pool and seek resources where available to meet those needs.

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Jessica Jimenez

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Brad Neimer

American Bank

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Telawna Kirbie

Prosper Waco

Waco Snapshot

The Waco Snapshot Report will provide a brief "snapshot" of Waco, displaying current trends regarding domains such as health, education, financial security, and others.

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Jeremy Rhodes

Prosper Waco