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Collin College Awarded Grant to Provide Training for Area Workers


Collin County Community College District Awarded $887,146 Grant to Provide Training for Area Workers

December 18, 2000 — Collin College will be offering training to nearly 1,000 employees of area businesses due to the funding of its third grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. 

The $887,146 skills development grant was awarded today during a ceremony at the college’s Spring Creek Campus in Plano.  The grant will fund the training of more than 600 current employees of Collin County companies and the training of over 300 new positions for these enterprises. 

“Collin College has a commitment to serving the community.  Through our customized training programs, the college is an active partner to the business community, playing a key role in the economic growth of our area,” said Chairman of the Collin College Board of Trustees Sam Roach.  “Through the Texas Workforce Commission’s grant, we can help provide the tools these companies need to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.”

The grant proposal was an initiative of the Workforce Training Consortium 2000, a group consisting of Collin College and the Allen, Frisco and Plano economic development corporations and chambers of commerce. 

The consortium identified 13 companies that will benefit from the grant.  Based on each company’s educational needs, Collin College will provide customized training.  A wide range of courses will be offered, from basic skills and safety awareness to managerial development and information technology training.  Marie Piet, who is currently an account executive with the Business Solutions Group for Collin College, will coordinate the grant program. 

“Collin College has a proven track record in customized training.  To be awarded three major grants over a relatively short time from the Texas Workforce Commission confirms that Collin College delivers quality training to the businesses in our region,” said Cary A. Israel, Collin College president.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.