Texas Workforce Commission Awards Collin College More Than $491,000 Skills Development Fund Grant

April 10, 2024

Cougar News

Representatives from Collin College, the Credit Union of Texas, and Advanced Fixtures Inc. attended the Skills Development Fund grant award event. Pictured are (from left) Credit Union of Texas representatives Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer Eddie Army, Executive Director Charitable Foundation Tracey Cline, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Angela Faust, Chief Retail Officer Courtney Coss, Manager of Learning and Projects Darlene Perdue; TWC Commissioner Alberto Treviño III; Advanced Fixtures Inc. representatives HR Coordinator Lavonda Griffith, Chief Financial Officer Stefanie Hurst, President Tony Ewing; and Collin College District President Dr. Neil Matkin.

Governor Greg Abbott recently announced that Collin College received a $491,280 Skills Development Fund (SDF) grant award from the Texas Workforce Commission. The college will provide more than 330 new and current workers at Advanced Fixture Inc. and Credit Union of Texas with customized training in retail fixture manufacturing and banking.

SDF is the state’s workforce training grant program to help businesses upskill their new or incumbent workforce. In partnership with the public community and technical colleges, workforce development boards, and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, TWC collaborates to provide customized, innovative training to Texas businesses of all sizes.

The SDF grant program has provided training opportunities in partnership with more than 4,800 employers to upgrade or support the creation of over 420,000 jobs throughout Texas since the program’s inception in 1996.

The training will be tailored and facilitated through the Grants Management Office at Collin College, which works to promote partnerships and training capacity to attract and retain businesses in the area.

Collin College serves more than 58,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity, a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Construction Management, and a new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Clinical Operations Management. The only public college based in Collin County, Collin College is a partner to business, government, and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. For more information, visit www.collin.edu.