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02/11/04 - Mt. Pleasant

Northeast Texas College Gets Skills Training Grant

AUSTIN - The North East Texas area workforce will benefit from a $411,065 job training grant from the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) Skills Development Fund.

A 16-member business consortium has partnered with Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) for the grant. It will be used to custom train workers for 314 new or upgraded jobs, such as legal assistants, managers, office clerks, painters, supervisors and more. Workers will receive an average hourly wage of $11.79 upon completion of training.

"Skills Development Grants contribute to our economic development through a combination of workforce training and job creation," said state Rep. Mark Homer. This grant for $411,065 will provide customized training for more than 300 workers and will create 39 new jobs for several local businesses. Congratulations to Northeast Texas Community College and the members of the business consortium for bringing this grant to our area."

"The Skills Development Fund is one of the best programs in the state to provide employers with the skilled workforce they need," said TWC Chair Diane Rath. "Not only do workers get specialized training for jobs, but employers get a custom-trained workforce to keep them competitive in today's growing economy."

In Fiscal Year 2003, 32 Skills Development Fund grants created or upgraded 12,840 jobs (4,214 and 8,626 respectively). The jobs paid an average hourly wage of $17.16. The grants totaled $12 million and helped 20 consortia of 164 Texas employers. The Legislature has appropriated $25 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2004-05 biennium.

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