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CCCCD Seeking Candidate Businesses For Training

CCCCD Seeking Candidate Businesses For Training

January 16, 2004 - Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) is seeking a few good companies.

Specifically, the college is looking for businesses that might be candidates for free training through a state grant project. Any local companies interested in employee development training should contact the college to fill out a business information survey.

In the past year, more than 1,000 employees from 15 businesses throughout the area were trained by CCCCD through a $700,000 workforce development grant from of the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin. This grant, which allowed CCCCD to offer training to its local business partners, officially ends March 31, but college officials are drafting a new grant proposal for the upcoming year. The new proposal would fund training during from Sept. 1, 2004 through Aug. 31, 2005.

The purpose of each grant is to bolster skill-sets for local employees by providing them with training programs customized to their needs. Employees receiving training have included accountants, actuaries, art directors, engineers, managers, designers, and programmers.

Participating in last year's program--officially titled the “Collin County Job Training Consortium”--were such local companies as Emerson (formerly Fisher Regulators), KONE Inc., McKinney Aerospace Ltd., Primo Microphones Inc., and United American Insurance, among others. Training focused on three areas identified by the Department of Labor as most in-demand: high tech/industrial, computer applications and organizational process skills.

Becki Veal, director of human resources at Estech Systems, Inc., said, “I'm so thankful we were included in this grant. It is making such a difference!”

David Barnes, technical support at Carlisle Coating, said, “I would like to thank you for your assistance in providing corporate training programs for our community. Allowing our participation has proven quite successful.”

The college is hoping to enlarge the pool of candidates for the next grant proposal and encourages companies from Collin or Rockwall counties to apply.

The surveys will help determine employees most in need of training, the type of training needed, the numbers of employees who might benefit and which businesses best fit the state’s criteria. Those applicants selected will receive workforce development training for their employees at no cost.

To receive a copy of this survey, contact Pyeper Wilkins, grant coordinator, at 972-985-3768, or email Surveys must be returned no later than Feb. 15, 2004.