Manufacturing Consortium Partners with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service for $2M Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN, November 3, 2017 - AUSTIN – A Manufacturing Consortium including Accredo Packaging Inc, Aker BioMarine Manufacturing, Blue Bell Creameries, Samson Controls Inc, Thrustmaster of Texas Inc, and Untied States Gypsum Company, has partnered with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to provide job training using a $2,015,592 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Brazos Valley and Gulf Coast areas of Texas.

“As the face of workforce changes, we need to do more to prepare students for careers in a greater variety of fields. For many, the traditional college route has worked well, but it is not for everybody. We need to expand our economy’s foundation by connecting local businesses and colleges. The Skills Development Fund Grant will create an excellent resource to assist individuals with opportunities to enhance their high-demand manufacturing skills and encourage growth for Texas,” said state Rep. John Raney.

"Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”

This grant will be used to provide customized training to 759 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on hydraulics, machine tending, valve engineering, welding, pipefitting, machining, and supply chain management. Trainees will include engineers, technicians, system analyst, welders and drivers. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $25.14.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 342,428 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,238 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

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