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A $49.5 million budget boost
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The San Antonio City Council approved the Ready to Work On the Job Training (OJT) and Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) pilot programs on April 11, 2024. OJT is for workers newly hired or have been hired in the last six months, and IWT is for employees who have been at the companies for six months or longer. | Photo by SATXtoday team
The San Antonio City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2025 Ready to Work budget, totaling $49.5 million. This workforce development program facilitates training + education through four prime partners, and community collaboratives.

Ready to Work explained

In 2020, San Antonio voters approved this $200 million program, orignially funded by a 1/8-cent sales tax. Local employers pledge support for the program to provide guidance relating to in-demand, well-paid occupations, and relevant training. Some of these fields include healthcare, information technologies, and manufacturing.

In order to apply to the program, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Reside within the city of San Antonio, unless connected with the military. See additional details.
  • Permitted to work in the US.
  • Household income less than 250% of the federal poverty guideline — currently less than $37,650 for an individual or $78,000 for a household of four.
  • Willing to train and succeed in a career.
Learn how you can apply today. Fun fact: Over 1,600 people have successfully completed the program.

Budget details

This budget runs from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025, with $6 million allocated for the newest work-based learning model programs, On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Incumbent Worker Training (IWT). These programs provide funding for companies seeking to train for specific roles that need to be filled.

Here are some fast stats about the pilot programs:
  • 33 businesses and 1,371 workers plan to participate.
  • 23 employers and 720 workers for OJT.
  • 21 employers and 651 workers in IWT.
Through these two pilot programs, employers can directly impact their workforce and have the opportunity to increase an employee’s earning capacity.

Want to learn more? Sign up for the latest news about the Ready to Work program.
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Monday, May 20
  • Golf to End Epilepsy | Monday, May 20 | 7 a.m. | The Club at Sonterra, 901 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio | $125 | Help this organization reach its fundraising goal of $100,000 by playing a round of golf, becoming a sponsor, or bidding in the silent auction.
  • Caress Scent Station Mobile Pop-Up Truck | Monday, May 20 | 1-7 p.m. | H-E-B, 3323 SE Military Dr., San Antonio | Free | Experience the immersive world of this brand’s bath products with fun giveaways, treats, photo ops, and interactive stations.
Tuesday, May 21
  • Koi Salt Watercolor Painting | Tuesday, May 21 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Collins Garden Library, 200 N. Park Blvd., San Antonio | Free | Join this local library for an afternoon of painting fish using salt and watercolors while supplies last.
  • Mitchell Lake Site Improvements Community Meeting | Tuesday, May 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, San Antonio | Free | Register to join an online community feedback session about the future of this nature center for a chance to win a $25 H-E-B Gift Card.
  • Taco Tuesday | Tuesday, May 21 | 6 p.m. | Little Death Wine, 2327 N. Saint Mary’s St., San Antonio | Free | Grab a taco and try some natural wine with Pierre from BoBo Selections.
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News Notes
  • The Metropolitan Health District confirmed a mosquito pool tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV) near the intersection of Ray Ellison Blvd and Loop 410. Pest control treatment + fogging services will happen this week in the surrounding areas. You can learn about mosquito prevention and control on Metro Health’s website.
  • Morgan’s Inspiration Island launched its summer season of aquatic + inclusive fun over the weekend. The tropically-themed water park, located adjacent to Morgan’s Wonderland, includes five major splash pads and support facilities like its Wheelchair Valet. Want more ways to cool off this summer? Visit our guide.
  • San Antonio reclaimed the No.1 spot for gains in population growth in the nation, according to data by the US Census Bureau. The Alamo City added ~22,000 people, exceeding gains in any other city in the US last year, surpassing several Texas cities like Austin + Houston.
  • As Clemson and Florida State leave the ACC, will the Bears acquired new conference rivals? Get the latest news, analysis, and insider information for the Baylor Bears with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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      Peso Pluma returns to the 210
      SATXtoday: Peso Pluma Exodo Tour
      Peso Pluma added new dates to his Exodo Tour including a rescheduled show at the Frost Bank Center this summer. | Photo provided by Frost Bank Center
      It’s no secret, San Antonians love their live musicmaybe that’s why Peso Pluma keeps coming back to San Antonio? Yes, you read that correctly.

      The Grammy Award-winning artist announced several new dates to his long-awaited 2024 “Éxodo” tour, along with a rescheduled show at the Frost Bank Center on Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

      Peso Pluma is bringing a new show, band member, and new music from his upcoming album “Éxodo” set to release Thursday, June 20.

      So, why do San Antonians love this artist so much? The Latin musician briefly lived in San Antonio with his family and attended both Corbett Junior High and Clemens High School for his freshman year

      Want more concert fun? Check out our roundup of highly-anticipated concerts coming to San Antonio in 2024.
      The Buy
      An excellent summer hydration bottle: Hydro Flask’s 32-oz. stainless bottle with a flex straw lid. Color “Sugar Crush” is only available for a limited time, and it’s so cute and summery, we’ve got all the heart eyes for it.
      How often do you use the HOV lanes around San Antonio?
      SATXtoday: I-35 NEX construction San Antonio

      TxDOT crews tying rebar together on the bridge over the I-35 and I-410 interchange as part of the I-35 NEX project.


      Photo by TxDOT

      47% didn’t know we had HOV lanes | 27.7% never use these lanes | 19.7% drive in them any chance they get | 10.6% cruise in the HOV lanes every once in awhile
      The Wrap
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      I haven’t listened to much of Peso Pluma’s music, but since the artist is returning to the Alamo City for the second time in less than a year, I think its time for me to expand my music genres and beef up my summer Spotify playlist.
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