Texas Workforce Commission awards nearly $900K in workforce initiatives

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Texas Workforce Commission awards nearly $900K to address workforce shortage (Source: CBS 4)

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded five organizations with grants to fund local effort to address the workforce shortage.

Texas State Technical College and Brownsville ISD received hundreds of thousands of dollars in skilled labor education.

Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. (CCEI) received a $125,850 Self Sufficiency Funds training grant.

Rita Hernandez, who works at the Cameron County Education Initiative tells CBS 4, the money will help 60 individuals transition in the workplace by providing job training skills for occupants in construction, such as pipefitters and scaffolding workers.

“Individuals in our community that earned under $37,000 and had at least one dependent child in the household,” She said.

Workforce Solutions Executive Director Pat Hobbs sees programs that create a path to employment is a benefit to the economy.

“It just makes sense that if more individuals are making more money. More money flows and circulates in the economy and the whole quality of life for the region increases,” said Hobbs.

Hernandez sees the lack of skilled workers is a problem. For people who can’t afford a four-year degree, she said it’s a way for people without four-year degrees to thrive.

“Everybody wants electricity in their buildings and they want plumbing, but nobody wants to be an electrician or plumber. So, we have to bring that back to the front and say these are great opportunities, that don’t cost because these are grant-funded opportunities,” she said.

To learn more about the program at CCEI, click here.

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