South Texas College Receives Job-Training Grants Totaling Over $1.3 Million for Healthcare and Technology Training

Date: Jan. 11, 2019

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded South Texas College three individual grants: a $249,096 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant; a $655,153 Skills Development Fund (Skills) grant to a health care consortium; and a $409,890 Skills grant to a manufacturing consortium. The grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions areas of Lower Rio Grande Valley, Middle Rio Grande, and South Texas.

Photos from the event can be downloaded from TWC’s Flickr page.

The $249,096 JET grant will help the college purchase and install equipment to provide 1,322 students with training for careers in the information technology field as computer, networking, and cyber security specialists.

In addition, two consortiums are partnering with South Texas College to provide job training using Skills grants from TWC. A health care consortium, consisting of McAllen Medical Center; McAllen Heart Hospital; Edinburg Regional Medical Center; Edinburg Children’s Hospital; Cornerstone Regional Hospital; STHS ER at Mission; STHS ER at Weslaco; Doctors Hospital of Laredo; and Fort Duncan Medical Center and Women’s Center, will use a $655,153 grant to provide custom training to 1,167 new and incumbent workers in the health care and social assistance industry. Trainees will include echo technicians, registered nurses, and respiratory therapists. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $31.32.

"Congratulations to South Texas College and the participating employers for creating these public-private partnerships to provide training and employment opportunities in high-demand industries that support Texas’ continued success as a global economic leader." said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. "These three individual grants will focus on specialized training in the areas of information technology, healthcare and manufacturing which will create or upgrade a total of more than 3,194 jobs in the South Texas region."

Another manufacturing consortium, consisting of WoodCrafters Home Products LLC and TST NA Trim LLC, will use a $409,890 Skills grant to provide custom training to 205 new and incumbent workers in the manufacturing industry. Trainees will include accounting administrators, financial analysts, and logistics coordinators. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $16.46.

This grant will be used to provide custom training to 205 new and incumbent workers in the manufacturing industry. Trainees will include accounting administrators, financial analysts, and logistics coordinators. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $16.46.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 356,744 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,356 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2018-19 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/skills.

South Texas College contact: Coordinator of Community Relations Leslie Howland, 956-564-0378, lhowland@southtexascollege.edu.

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