College Celebrates Texas Workforce Commission Funding Awards
TEXARKANA, Texas – Texarkana College hosted a virtual attendance ceremony Tuesday for Texas Workforce Commissioner Aaron Demerson to sign checks for $ 475,000 in funding from TWC to the college.
The Texass Workforce Commission recently awarded TC a JET grant of $ 187,499 for its nursing programs and a Skills Development Fund grant of $ 287,500 to provide funds for training in response to direct pandemic needs. of COVID-19. Introductions and presentations were made by TC representatives before Demerson, via the ZOOM call, congratulated the college and signed both checks.
“These grants are a great example of how Texas will continue to stay ahead and continue to train our workforce to meet the demands of our Texas employers,” said Demerson. “Employers benefit, employees benefit and students benefit too.”
Training provided by the $ 287,500 of SDF funds will target business partners reorganizing business processes to meet COVID-19-related needs, as well as businesses reorganizing to provide continued employment for employees. Approximately $ 2,000 will be offered per eligible participant.
Industries eligible for the grant include, but are not limited to, medicine and healthcare, critical manufacturing, telecommunications, hospitality, information technology systems, finance, defense, food and agriculture, transport and logistics, energy, water and wastewater.
“Over the past several months, this award has enabled us to address the urgent training needs facing Texas businesses in our service area, due to the impact of COVID,” said Mendy Sharp, executive director of Community & Business Education. “These funds have been used to partner with a variety of business operations and industry clusters in our service area that have critical workers, to provide both general technical training and business technical training.”
JET grant funds of $ 187,499 are intended to help the college purchase and install equipment to provide nursing students and graduate nursing students with training to support theoretical and clinical knowledge and skills. in nursing. The funds are intended to enable students to develop and master their patient care skills in safe and professional classrooms and laboratories.
“In the grant agreement, we set a target for 207 nursing students to use the equipment that we purchased with grant funds,” said Courtney Shoalmire, dean of the health sciences division. “We were able to overcome the obstacles created by COVID and exceeded our goal of 13 students, for a total of 220 unduplicated students using the equipment to date. “
TC President Dr Jason Smith thanked Demerson and TWC for the funds provided to the institution.
“The Texas Workforce Commission has been a partner of Texarkana College for the past decade, and we are extremely grateful for the support and confidence we have placed in our institution to lead the charge of workforce training in our region, with partner companies and industries, ”said Smith. mentionned.