The executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission was in Bryan Oct. 12 to present TEEX with “checks” for three grants totaling $1,043,070. Dr. Kem Bennett gladly received the oversized checks at a press conference.
The three grants presented to TEEX are provided through TWC’s Skills Development and Self-Sufficiency Funds. A Skills Development Fund grant of $321,750 will provide funds to train over 250 individuals in various construction skills like graders, dozers, scrapers and industrial trucks, according to Bob Prock.
He said a second Skills/Healthcare grant of $274,873 is the fifth in a series for TEEX. This program incorporates distance learning to provide mandatory safety and environmental training for small rural hospitals. TEEX was selected to participate in this grant because of its ability to perform and to manage projects, Prock said.
A Self-Sufficiency Fund grant totaling $446,447 will provide entry level training in warehouse operations and craft training such as welding, HVAC and electrical as well as some computer applications. Prock expects this grant to be used to train 135 students in various occupations with more than 50 employers.
TEEX is building a reputation of excellence with the Texas Workforce Commission. And that’s good for Texas — not to mention the agency.