The Methodist Hospital System Partners with Houston Community College

AUSTIN, March 4, 2013 – The Methodist Hospital System has partnered with Houston Community College (HCC) to provide job training using a $902,965 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
The grant will be used to custom train 2,179 new and incumbent workers to increase skills, support state-required certifications and facilitate career advancement opportunities for trainees. Those trained will include registered nurses, patient care assistants and pharmacists. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $36.63.

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar presents a Skills Development Fund grant check to representatives from Houston Community College (HCC) and the Methodist Hospital System. Pictured from left to right are: HCC Coleman College President Dr. Betty Young, Chairman Alcantar, Methodist Hospital System RN Alicia Hernandez, HCC Acting Chancellor Renee Byas, HCC Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Instruction Dr. Madeline Burillo. Photo courtesy Houston Community College

“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.”

From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2012, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 286,000 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 3,901 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature appropriated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2012-13 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

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