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Good News For Collin County Workforce

Good News For Collin County Workforce

Texas Workforce Commission awards major workforce grant

MARCH 24, 2003 - On Monday, March 24, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) officially kicked off a $759,663 workforce development grant between CCCCD and a 15-member consortium of businesses at a special ceremony at the college's Courtyard Center for Economic Development.

At the ceremony, Sam Roach, chair of the CCCCD board of trustees, and Cary Israel, president of the college, accepted a check for the grant from Travis Weaver, the TWC's director of customized training. Other special guests included each of the business partners, area chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and elected officials.

"This is a big coup for Collin County at a time when we all needed some good news. I am very proud that the college is involved, particularly since the grant will have such a lasting impact on our workforce and community," said Roach.

The grant, a state Skills Development Fund Grant, will fund training from the college to upgrade skills for 705 employees at the 15 area companies. The grant officially took effect March 1 and extends through March 31, 2004. Selected training classes began as early as mid-March.

According to Israel, "This was a very competitive grant process, and we are thrilled. The fact that the state awarded this grant at the same time that legislators are dealing with some major challenges speaks to the role Collin County and the surrounding areas play in the overall economy. This is the fourth workforce development grant CCCCD has received."

Employers participating in the program--formally titled the "Collin County Job Training Consortium"--include McKinney businesses Emerson (Fisher Regulators), KONE Inc., McKinney Aerospace Ltd., Primo Microphones Inc., and United American Insurance; Plano businesses Corban Communications Inc., Estech Systems Inc., Flextronics, and Hendry Telephone Products; Rockwall businesses Graphics Microsystems Inc. and Owens-Illinois Plastics Inc.; Daisytek International of Allen; AMX Corporation in Richardson; Carlisle Coating in Wylie; and Thermolab LLC of Farmersville.

"The Skills Development Fund is one of the best programs in the state to provide employers with the skilled workforce they need," said Weaver. "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."

The stated purpose of the grant is to bolster skills sets for employees within the local workforce by providing training programs customized to corporate need. Individuals receiving the training include accountants, actuaries, art directors, engineers, financial managers, graphic designers, managers, office clerks, programmers, project engineers and more.

"This grant truly is a win-win opportunity for everyone involved," said Dr. Toni Jenkins, executive vice president of CCCCD. "Not only do we have the opportunity to work with seven communities to develop training customized to their needs, but we also are able to further enhance the college's capacity to deliver high-end training and sustain it in the future."

Specifically, training will focus on three basic areas: high tech/industrial, computer applications and organizational process skills. There also will be secondary emphasis on communication and management. The North Central Texas Workforce Board and the Department of Labor identified these skills as areas for job growth.

For more information, contact Lisa Brittain, 972.758.3894 or