SSAB Texas and Vallourec Star Partner with San Jacinto College for $259,003 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN, May 23, 2017 ⎯ SSAB Texas, Inc. and Vallourec Star, LP has partnered with San Jacinto College to provide job training using a $259,003 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Gulf Coast Texas area.

“The partnership with SSAB Texas, Vallourec Star and San Jacinto College facilitates advanced skills training for high-demand occupations and growth in the manufacturing industry,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We congratulate them on this partnership and are pleased to present this grant which will create new employment opportunities in the Gulf Coast area.”

This grant will be used to provide customized training to 154 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on hydraulics, welding, pneumatics, rigging and electrical systems. Trainees will include machine operators, purchasing specialists, quality assurance technicians, diesel mechanics and line operators. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $19.51.

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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