TSTC Awarded TWC $500K Grant for Workforce Training
Friday, April 12, 2013
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) chairman Andres Alcantar signed and presented a check for $519,483 to Texas State Technical College for the development of workforce training on Monday at the TSTC Cultural Arts Center in Harlingen. The money was provided by the TWC’s Skill Development Fund Grant.
TSTC received the grant in partnership with Houston Community College (HCC) and industry partners Pentair and Tyco. Pentair, which recently acquired Tyco through a merger, provides products and services in the oil and gas, power, mining, chemical, food and beverage and building and construction industries.
“TSTC does a wonderful job of identifying the needs of the workforce,” Alcantar said. “Employers are always expanding and transitioning to reflect the needs of the workforce. And TSTC does a great job of making sure employees have the skills needed to remain competitive in the workforce.”
TSTC President Cesar Maldonado said creating training opportunities is one of the priorities of TSTC.
“We’re always looking to see what type of technology and workforce improvements are needed to help industry,” Maldonado said. “If it means more instruction in the companies or the classroom, we’re ready to provide it.”
The grant will benefit 277 employees of Pentair, which has plants in Harlingen and Stafford, in the Houston area. Pentair plant manager Joel Watson said the workforce training provided by TSTC will allow the company to remain competitive on a global scale.
“We’re in competition with companies from all over the world,” Watson said. “Our competitors are low-cost manufacturers. At Pentair, we’re low-cost too but not cheap. We’re focused on educating our employees and put in place a good system that will make us more competitive globally.”
TSTC will use the grant money to develop training to increase safety awareness and implement lean principles for the employees of the Harlingen and Stafford plants at the Harlingen campus and HCC.
HCC representative Joe Little spoke highly of the partnership between all parties involved.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with TSTC, Pentair and Tyco,” Little said. “We all worked very hard t put this grant together.”