Marathon Pipe Line LLC Partners with College of the Mainland

AUSTIN, March 5, 2013 – Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Marathon Pipe Line LLC have partnered with College of the Mainland to provide job training using a $374,494 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

“The partnerships formed through these Skills Development Fund training grants help businesses expand, workers gain skills and communities prosper,” said state Sen. Larry Taylor. “I am pleased to see this public-private project come together for the benefit of this community and for Texas.”
The grant will be used to custom train 291 new and incumbent workers to address skills gaps with upgraded technology, increase knowledge of recent OSHA laws and regulations, and prepare workers to fill multiple expanding roles.

“After speaking with educators and business owners, it is clear that vocational education is vital for employment within our communities,” said state Rep. Mary Ann Perez. “It is important that students have the training and access needed for better job placement.”

Those receiving the training will include process operators, lab testers, and electrical and instrumentation technicians. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $38.07.

“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 http://skills.texasworkforce.org.

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