TWC awards $639,280 to Community College Consortium

TWC awards $639,280 to Community College Consortium

Thu May 22, 2014


Pictured are, from left, Mike Temple, Director Human Services, Galveston Area Council; Dr. Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Community Diversity, San Jacinto College; Commissioner Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission; Dr. Christal Albrecht, President, Alvin Community College; Dr. Millicent Valek, President, Brazosport College; Mark Guthrie, Chairman, Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board; and Hector Rivera, Texas Chemical Council.

A four-member Houston-area community college consortium has partnered with Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast and the Texas Workforce Commission to provide job training in support of petrochemical employers.

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar recently presented a check for $639,280 to representatives from the four colleges, which include Brazosport College, Alvin Community College, Lone Star College and San Jacinto College, during a ceremony in Gator Hall on the Brazosport College campus.

The project will support Infrastructure Development for the Oil and Gas Industry by preparing and training Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligible clients, including non-custodial parents (NCP). Training will include growth occupations that are in demand in support of oil and gas industry infrastructure, with an emphasis on industrial construction needs as identified by the Board. Eligible participants will be referred to the colleges by Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast.

The grant will be used to custom train 313 skilled craft workers for the petrochemical industry. Upon successful completion of training, workers will receive marketable skills in pipefitting, welding, electrical, construction and maintenance, and more.