Cedar Valley College Receives $565,363 Job-training Grant

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A technology consortium has partnered with Cedar Valley College to provide job training using a $565,363 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The businesses partnering in the grant include The Wilkins Group Inc., Qnet Information Services, Nsync Services Inc., The Paper Plate Inc. and The McGraw-Hill Companies.

The grant will be used to custom train 461 new and incumbent workers in cabling installations, computer applications, project and sales management, and safety in order to increase employees’ skills and expand the businesses’ customer base. Course training includes lean management, database marketing and sales strategy. Those trained will include customer service representatives, distribution associates, and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $18.19.

“Our Skills Development Fund grants serve everyone well,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Workers get the specialized training they need and the communities benefit from a more highly skilled workforce.”

From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2011, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 266,000 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 3,790 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature appropriated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2012-13 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at http://skills.texasworkforce.org.