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Texas Workforce Commission Awards $2 Million Skills Development Fund Grant to TEEX

11/2/2017 12:00 AM

Officials with TWC checkCOLLEGE STATION – Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar presented an oversized check representing a $2 Million Skills Development Fund Grant to the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) at a ceremony on Nov. 2 in College Station.

The grant will fund customized training for 759 employees at six manufacturing companies in four counties. TEEX will deliver more than 35,000 hours of training for employees in multiple industries, which include food, oil & gas, marine propulsion and paper manufacturing. Some of the training will also be delivered by Blinn College and several community colleges in the Gulf Coast region. Numerous job positions will receive training, including maintenance technicians, CNC machinists and operators, welders, assembly valve technicians, and production operators.

Training is designed to meet specific needs identified by each company, including courses such as Machine Tending Operations, Manufacturing Safety and OSHA training.  Both trainees and incumbent workers will participate in the training.

 TEEX is partnering with six manufacturers to deliver 88 courses through February 2019:

  • Blue Bell Creameries, LLP
  • Accredo Packaging, Inc.
  • Aker BioMarine Manufacturing, LLC
  • Samson Controls, Inc.
  • Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.
  • United States Gypsum Company

 “TEEX has worked with these six manufacturers to form a comprehensive, multi-region manufacturing consortium, which spans two workforce boards, four counties, four community colleges, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center and multiple industries,” said Lisa Mutchler, Program Director of Economic Development and Workforce Development at TEEX.  “We’re excited to partner with TWC to offer customized, technical skills training to these manufacturers. Not only will this training benefit the companies, but it will also enhance the technical skills of their employees, which could advance their career opportunities.”

TWC logoBoth TEEX and Texas community colleges are authorized to administer Skills Development Grants for the TWC, Mutchler pointed out, adding, “Overall, this program will help the Texas economy by helping to increase the productivity of these manufacturers and growing the state’s skilled workforce.”

About the TWC Skills Development Fund

The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program, providing local customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers to increase skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. The Texas Workforce Commission administers funding for the program. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

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Kathy Fraser

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

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