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(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training department has $15,000 available for workforce training at qualifying East Texas businesses. .

The department has about six months to use the money from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills for Small Business program, or it will be returned to the state.

“With the financial opportunities that face businesses in today’s market, especially in the current COVID-19 environment, usually the first thing that gets trimmed out of the budget is training,” said Kori Bowen, TSTC’s interim director of special projects in the Office of Strategic Partnerships. “In this case, these are funds made available by the state of Texas that are allocated for training.”

The money can be used by East Texas businesses with less than 100 employees to receive training through TSTC in electrical theory, Microsoft Office programs, welding and other skills. Training can be done online when possible, with hands-on lessons being done using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines.

Training can start within 30 days of contacting TSTC’s Workforce Training department.

“Anything that closes any kind of performance gaps, we can do that,” said Dirk Hughes, TSTC’s executive director of Workforce Training.  

TSTC and the commission have a strong history of working together to teach Texans the skills they need to be successful.

“Via an array of state-sponsored programs, TWC and TSTC partner together to initiate, design and execute opportunities for industry partners that will open the door for training opportunities and ultimately strengthen the Texas economy,” Bowen said.

The TWC’s Skills for Small Business program uses about $2 million from the Skills Development Fund. The program funds training for full-time employees and must be done through a technical or community college in Texas or through the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

For more information on the TWC Skills for Small Business funding, contact TSTC’s Workforce Training department at 903-923-3374. 

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