Maritime Consortium Partners with San Jacinto College for $368,173 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN September 13, 2014 – A maritime consortium has partnered with San Jacinto College to provide job training using a $368,173 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The businesses partnering in the grant include Buffalo Marine Services, G&H Towing Co., Higman Barge Lines Inc. and J.A.M. Distributing.

TWC Chairman Alcantar makes a Skills Development Fund check presentation to San Jacinto College and representatives from a maritime consortium. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Brenda Hellyer of San Jacinto College, Mitch Schacter of San Jacinto College, Steve Huttman of G&H Towing Co., Alcantar, Shanna Casanie of Buffalo Marine Services, Sallie Kay Janes of San Jacinto College, Gordie Kennan of Higman Barge Lines Inc., Mary Ann Carrion from Texas State Rep. Mary Ann Perez’s office, Derek Darnell from Senator Sylvia Garcia’s office, Nancy Martin of San Jacinto College and Brittany Buckley from J.A.M. Distributing. Photo Courtesy of San Jacinto College

The grant will be used to custom train 195 new and incumbent workers to prepare for increased land-based and seafaring commerce. Those trained will include captains, mates, deckhands and shipboard engineers. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $33.75.

“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.”
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