Workforce Solutions Cameron Partner With Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. to Support Texas Industry Partnership Initiative

Date: July 27, 2018

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

AUSTIN ⎯ Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. and Workforce Solutions Cameron have partnered to establish a pre-apprenticeship construction program in Cameron County. The program is part of the Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) initiative and will help up to 25 eligible participants gain skills in use of basic hand and power tools, trades math and blueprints. Some participants also will receive certification in first aid and forklift driving. This customized training is made possible using a $50,000 TIP grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and leveraged matching funds of $50,000 from Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Cameron area.

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

“The partnership between Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. and Workforce Solutions Cameron on this Texas Industry Partnership grant will benefit the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Our labor force is among the most talented and skilled in the world, and we continue to seek and implement strategies to improve the skills of Texas workers.”

“As a resident of Cameron County, I’m always appreciative of state efforts to increase training opportunities,” said state Rep. Eddie Lucio III. “It takes a team approach to have a successful, prosperous community, and Workforce Solutions Cameron and Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. are demonstrating how pooling resources can positively affect employment readiness.”

The Texas Industry Partnership is a $1 million program that allows the local workforce board to apply for funds, to be matched by local industry partners, on the behalf of workforce related projects. Ideally the funds are used to create occupational job training programs that will improve the skill sets of individuals for jobs in six designated industry clusters: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, information technology, petroleum refining and energy. Funding can be used but is not limited to curriculum, equipment, instructors and small building improvements.

For more on this training program, businesses are encouraged to contact their local Workforce Solutions office or visit the Texas Industry Partnership Program webpage.

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