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Collin Receives $211,715 Workforce Grant and Award

Dec. 16, 2005--Collin County Community College District (Collin) has received a $211,715 grant from North Central Texas WorkForce (NCTWF) to train employees of three local companies: All Metals Fabricating, Inc., in Allen; Holland USA, Inc. in Wylie; and Manner Plastics, L.P. in McKinney. Together these three companies will form the “Process Engineering Training Consortium.”

Employees of these companies will receive training in Lean Six Sigma—an application of techniques to increase organizational speed, to improve efficiencies and to focus on customer issues. Training begins this month.

“This new grant will help local companies prepare for future growth by providing them with organizational skills and customer service techniques to make their employees more valuable and competitive,” said Cary Israel, president of the college. “Collin, in partnership with the North Central WorkForce, is pleased to be a part of this project.”

This is the fifth grant Collin has received from NCTWF since 2003. Employee development fund grants totaling $905,178.68 have allowed the college to provide training to 950 individuals employed in Collin and Rockwall counties.

NCTWF provides workforce solutions to 14 counties in North Central Texas, including Collin. Its service area covers more than 1.8 million employers and job seekers.

Collin was also named the "Education Organization of the Year" by NCTWF at their annual awards of excellence luncheon. This award was given as the result of a strong partnership between the college and NCTWF and the successful training projects deployed by Collin's Center for Workforce and Economic Development.

“The workforce system relies on forward thinking partners in the field of education to provide up-to-the-minute training and demand driven courses,” said Roselyn Lane, board chair for NCTWF. “Collin County Community College continues to step up to the plate with innovative training programs. One example is a project called Samsco University that trained more than 300 new-hires for work in under three weeks. "

Collin County Community College District serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.