TAPS Public Transit has been named “Employer of the Year” for 2013 by Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas. The announcement was made at Goodwill’s annual awards banquet held at Sherman’s Municipal Ballroom on Thursday, March 27.
According to Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas CFO Ron Harris, TAPS represents a perfect partnership between business and his agency. “We approached TAPS Public Transit early in 2013 and asked them to partner with us on a project to place people from our Workforce Development program,” said Harris. “The partnership with TAPS was successful in finding full time jobs for three program graduates.”
TAPS COO Tim Patton worked with the local Goodwill organization to find jobs that would put candidates into entry-level positions, with a path to advancement at the public transportation agency. “Our goal from the beginning has been to offer the Goodwill candidates a meaningful opportunity to enter a workplace environment that would allow them to be productive, and to have a chance for advancement,” said Patton.
Goodwill’s Embedded Training Program prepares disabled or disadvantaged workers to seek permanent employment. Since the program began over 100 men and women have been matched with partner employers.
Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas covers a territory that includes 16 counties in Texas and Oklahoma.
TAPS Public Transit is a regional public transportation provider that serves Collin County, plus Clay, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Montague and Wise counties.
TAPS (Texoma Area Paratransit System) Public Transit is a private, non-profit corporation. Serving Collin, Clay, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Montague and Wise counties, it was created to provide safe, dependable and affordable transportation for persons who depend on public transportation, or who desire to avoid the ever rising cost of fuel and the increasing stress of driving in extreme traffic conditions. TAPS is open to the entire public and serves individuals of all ages and income groups, and it is equipped to fully service the elderly and disabled. For more information visit tapsbus.com.