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Texas Workforce Commission awards Brazosport College, BASF job-training grant

Texas Workforce Commission awards Brazosport College, BASF job-training grant

Thu May 17, 2018

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The Texas Workforce Commission signed a check for $157,608 for a Skills Development Fund Grant benefiting Brazosport College in partnership with the BASF Corporation on Wednesday, May 16, at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College. Pictured are, front from left, Tommy Plummer, Senior Analyst, Technical Training, BASF Corporation; Chris Witte, Senior Vice President, BASF Corporation Freeport Site; Julian Alvarez III, Commissioner Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission; Dr. Millicent Valek, President, Brazosport College; Dr. Madonna Adams, Director, Center for Business & Industry Training, Brazosport College; back; Derrek Dybala, Production Technician, BASF Corporation; James Atkinson, Production Technician, BASF Corporation; Garrett Deisher, Production Technician, BASF Corporation; Derek Nguyen, Production Technician, BASF Corporation and Anthony Mancini, Production Technician, BASF Corporation.

Brazosport College and BASF Corporation recently partnered to provide job training using a $157,608 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area.

The check was presented during a ceremony in the regency suite of the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College.

“The partnership between BASF Corp and Brazosport College on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Our labor force is among the most talented and skilled in the world, and we continue to seek and implement strategies to improve the skills of Texas workers.”

The grant will be used to provide custom training to 70 new workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on chemical plant operations, including troubleshooting, pipefitting and hazardous materials management. Trainees will include engineer technicians and operators. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $36.31.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 342,428 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,238 employers with their customized training needs. The 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 www.texasworkforce.org/skills.