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Collin College Launches Free Veteran and Industry Partnership

Feb. 6, 2015 – Collin College Center for Workforce and Economic Development was awarded a $132,737 Veteran and Industry Partnership (VIP) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). This initiative is designed to create jobs for veterans and supply a skilled and ready workforce for some of the state's most high-demand occupations in advanced manufacturing and information technology.

Local workforce development boards have partnered with industry leaders and 17 colleges throughout Texas to identify high-demand workforce needs in local areas and develop expedited training programs for veterans as part of the VIP initiative. Short-term certificate attainment and industry-recognized credentials will be included in these industry training initiatives.

Training available through Collin College Center for Workforce and Economic Development includes:

  • Machinist Training Program - Comprised of 134 training hours in classroom and machine shop settings; learning engineering measurements, blue print reading, machine tooling, an introduction to computer-aided design modeling and engineering tolerances.
  • Information Technology Training Program - Comprised of 124 training hours in classroom and hands-on computer labs; learning the skills required to attain industry recognized certifications in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Net+, and Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching.

Classes will run Feb. – Aug. 2015. To apply, contact Caroline Langton at Collin College, clangton@collin.edu or 972.599.3130 and ask about VIP training. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/CollinVIP .

"VIP recognizes the exceptional skills that veterans bring to the workforce and strives to connect them with jobs in expanding industries," said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. "We are proud to partner with these community colleges and Texas employers to train and place our heroes in high-demand occupations."

VIP is open to all eligible U.S. veterans, covers tuition and books, and is not related to VA benefits. To register for the program, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214 to demonstrate an honorable discharge from the military.

The Center for Workforce & Economic Development (CWED) proactively seeks out local, state, and federal grant funds that assist in the workforce and economic development of our region. Through collaboration with these grant funding sources, CWED provides customized training that ensures the local economy remains competitive and employees possess the upgraded skills that every industry requires.

Collin College serves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.

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