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Businesses Needed for Community-Based Job Training


May 18, 2005 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) will soon be pursuing grant funds from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Community Based Job Training Grants program. In anticipation of a successful bid, Collin is looking for local businesses whose employees would qualify as candidates for training through this federally funded grant partnership.

If your company is preparing for growth over the next few years, or if your current employees are in need of specific training, like project management, supervisory, or communications skills, then your business may be a candidate for this new partnership with the college.

Collin will hold an informational meeting on this project at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at Collin’s Courtyard Center for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park Blvd, in southwest Plano, in room B409. Local businesses are invited to participate.

The involvement of local business and industry is critical to the success of this project.

The Community Based Job Training Grant, initiated by President Bush, would pay for training employees in high-growth, high-demand industries in the Collin County area, helping to ensure future growth, success and stability of our local economy. Businesses need to identify the workforce challenges they expect to face over the next few years, and they need to define the competencies and skills needed by employees to meet those anticipated challenges.

The college has been successful in obtaining state and local funds to provide customized training programs for local employees and hopes to continue that trend with the current project. Since September 2004, the college has obtained more than $1 million to train employees of 10 companies including Sanden International USA in Wylie; Applied Concepts Inc., MetaSolv Software and Informatics Ltd. in Plano; and EADS Telecom in Frisco.

If your business is interested in participating, please contact Pyeper Wilkins, director of workforce & economic development, at 972.985.3768 or e-mail

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.