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Collin Receives Grant to Train Employees


March 3, 2005 – United Samsco employees nationwide will get training at Collin County Community College District (Collin) thanks to a grant from the North Central Texas WorkForce Development Board. The Workforce Board awarded a $286,247 grant to the college today during a ceremony for the Samsco University Training Project.

United Samsco is a Plano-based service and merchandising support company that provides service-related functions for vendors. The grant will be used by Samscoto train 510 employees at Collin’s Courtyard Center for Professional and Economic Development in Plano. The employees include 450 service representatives and 60 district managers from around the country.

“Collin has always encouraged working together with the business community. This grant is a wonderful opportunity for Collin to work with one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the country,” Collin President Cary Israel said. “This not only benefits our college, and United Samsco, but it will also boost the local economy as these employees will shop, eat and stay in Plano.”

North Central Texas WorkForce Development Board Executive Director Linda Davis said the cooperative spirit will benefit the community and plant the seeds for growth.

“The North Central Texas WorkForce Development Board is proud to be a key player in the Samsco University project,” Davis said. “Providing training to 510 individuals will continue to strengthen the workforce in this area leading to success for not only United Samsco, but their primary client Home Depot as well.  This is but one of many great collaborative projects we are doing with the Collin County Community College Center for Workforce and Economic Development.”

Samsco currently has five regional offices in the United States and services more than 1,100 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The company primarily works in the home improvement industry and supports functions such as sales consultation, in-store service, new store sets, project management, and warranty and installation.

“United Samsco Associates, a national leader in service merchandising for The Home Depot, is honored to have the opportunity to partner with Collin County Community College and the North Central Texas WorkForce Development Board for our current hiring and training initiatives.  We feel this partnership will generate a success story and prepare our employees for the competitive environment in which we operate,” United Samsco Associates Chief Operating Office John W. James said. “This partnership created Samsco University, a platform for current and ongoing training and development opportunities. This platform will provide us the necessary direction to create a knowledgeable workforce.  In today’s world, there is no substitute for knowledge, and we now have the partners to ensure we remain first in class.”

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.