TWC awards $135,838 to train 148 new and incumbent workers

01.21.2016 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently awarded a $135,838 Skills Development Fund grant to San Jacinto College, DuPont Bayport Plant, and PolyOne Corp., for the training of 148 new and incumbent workers.

Training courses will include alignments, basic process equipment: pump and valves, crane certification, forklift, intro to programmable logic controllers, motors, controls and drivers, safety, process improvement, rigging, scissor lift, and viscometer training. Fire protection training, first aid CPR, AED, and Microsoft Excel will also be offered.

The training is needed because new and advanced equipment is now being used in production facilities. Trainees, located throughout the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area, will include forklift operators, mechanical and chemical engineers, production and quality operators, warehouse associates and maintenance technicians.

"Companies come to us and tell us how their employees need specific training and for which skill sets," said Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor of strategic initiatives, workforce development, community relations and diversity at San Jacinto College. "The Texas Workforce Commission provides the funds that enable businesses to move quickly, utilize these training opportunities to upgrade the skills of their employees, and ultimately, increase their efficiency."

It is expected that industry partner workers who complete their San Jacinto College training courses through this grant will experience a salary increase with an average wage of $24.26 per hour.

“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar in a TWC press release. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make
this investment.”

The Skills Development Fund grant program is celebrating 20 years of success as the state’s premier training program in 2015-16. The fund was initiated by the Texas legislature in September of 1995 and first began awarding contracts in 1996. During that time the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 329,333 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,141 employers with their customized training needs.

The Texas legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

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. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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