Cyber security training grant director tapped to present at the 2014 TACE conference

03.25.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

Lydia Chavez-Garcia is the director of the IT3 Grant at San Jacinto College. She has been selected to present at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Texas Administrators of Continuing Education (TACE) in April. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


PASADENA, Texas – Lydia Chavez-Garcia, director of the IT3 Grant at San Jacinto College, has been selected to present at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Texas Administrators of Continuing Education (TACE) on the topic of collaborating with the community for successful workforce training.

With this year's conference theme, "Join Forces," Chavez-Garcia will discuss how the H-1B Grant brought the community together and promoted activities to contribute to student success. The IT3 Grant is a $4.9 million H-1B Grant awarded to the College from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer cyber security training to unemployed and incumbent workers.

"I plan to discuss how we have used the H-1B Grant to collaborate throughout the community," said Chavez-Garcia. "The collaboration has included local employers and Workforce Solutions, local veterans service organizations, Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, other institutions of higher education, and even collaboration within our internal departments to discuss innovative approaches to educate and employ our students."

Chavez-Garcia added that San Jacinto College has used this opportunity to train local veterans and has paired it with the College Credit for Heroes Grant to provide them internships. She will make her full presentation at the TACE conference, which will be held from April 22 to 24, in Austin.

"I am truly honored to represent the College at this conference and hope to highlight what San Jacinto College has accomplished through the grant opportunity," said Chavez-Garcia.

The Texas Administrators of Continuing Education is an organization that seeks to maintain a communication network and arena for mutual association. The intent is to provide an environment where professionals in the continuing and workforce education sector can share information and exchange ideas.
Kristin Walker, TACE president, said in recent release, “The annual TACE conference is a powerful and informative conference that provides innovative ideas for contract training, community education, healthcare, grants, and leadership/professional development for administrators of Texas community colleges.”

The organization is committed to providing members with up-to-date, factual information regarding national, state, and local issues affecting the welfare and status of continuing and workforce education in Texas. They further assist local community/junior colleges to work collectively with government, industry, and with citizens individually to ensure that all residents of Texas are given the opportunity to receive an education that will either lead to direct employment, enhance their current professional portfolio, or augment the skills of their incumbent workers .

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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