Texas Workforce Commission grants $844K to STC, partners to stimulate Valley job growth

Administrators from both South Texas College and The University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College join with business owners and community leaders to celebrate the signing of the grant check by TWC representative Larry Jones.

Texas Workforce Commission Director of Workforce Development Larry Jones paid a special visit to South Texas College’s Pecan Campus in McAllen on Feb. 25. His goal? To sign a check for a $844,848 Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund Grant for STC and a consortium of 12 Valley employers.

“Workforce development and skills training are at the very heart of economic development,” said TWC Director of Workforce Development Larry Jones. “Through the successful partnership of public education and private industry, these grants will provide skills training to upgrade or create nearly 500 jobs in South Texas.”

STC will be the administrator of the grant, training students in conjunction with The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College on commercial wiring, blue print reading, code calculations, grounding, and other technical and occupational skills necessary to gain employment or advance within an occupation. Training will take place at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco. Participants trained through the program will be well-prepared to fill positions such as electricians, electrician helpers and installation helpers, who will earn an average hourly wage of $10.74.

Twelve companies plan to take advantage of the training funds to upgrade the skills of current employees and recruit new employees including L & O Electric, Inc.; KST Electric, LTD; Jaimes Electric, Inc.; #1 Quality Electric, Inc.; Eldridge Electric Company; Enlighten Electric Company; Millennium Electric; Metro Electric, Inc.; D & F Industries, Inc.; Gellegos Electric, Inc.; RZB, Inc.; and Brumley Professional Employer Services. The grant also includes a partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Rio Grande Valley Chapter, IEC, Inc.

“This grant will help STC custom-train workers for 367 upgraded position and 131 newly-created jobs, which will have a significant economic impact in the Valley,” said Luzelma Canales, interim associate dean of community engagement and workforce development for STC. “We are grateful for the continued support the region receives from the TWC, an organization that recognizes talent and opportunity for change. We look forward to pursuing partnerships across the Valley to change lives and change communities for the better.”

For more information about the Texas Workforce Commission and the services it offers in unison with its network of local workforce development boards call 512-463-8556 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. For more information about South Texas College’s Continuing, Professional and Workforce Education Program contact Juan Carlos Aguirre at 956-872-6782 or visit http://www.southtexascollege.edu/cpwe/.

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