The product of 15 months of work by Paris Junior College and five Northeast Texas business was recognized Friday with the presentation of a check for more than $740,000 by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Paris Junior College will use the grant to train more than 600 new employees for the five companies, including four in Hopkins County. Those companies are Aeorstar International, Flowserve Coprporation, Morningstar Foods, Ocean Spray Cranberries of Sulphur Springs. A Clarksville company, Red River Compression Services, will also benefit from the grant.
Andres Alcantar, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, presented the PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin the check for $740,100 at a ceremony Friday held at the Economic Development Corporation office in Sulphur Springs.
The Workforce Commission chairman said today's marketplace reaches beyond the state to the entire world.
“Every day we see the impact of technology on our different industries, and see how it has changed everything from agriculture to manufacturing,” Alcantar said. “It was shared very strongly with me how a dream can become so much more and how those dreams are transformed. They have to be modified on a daily basis to respond to the marketplace, much like the five companies that are here, every day to make sure their products are viable in the marketplace, that they continue to be purchased and make sure they continue to expand their market and build relationships along the way to leverage the things that they do.”
Alcantar said the efforts of companies doing business in Texas is appreciated and that the state is honored to have them adding to the prosperity of the families that work for those businesses.
“Our commitment is to work in partnership with our top community colleges that are so important to what we do.” Chairman Alcantar said. “I've been very insistent about one thing and that is that our community colleges are central to [the Workforce Commission] strategy for workforce development. They are at the intersection of what is happening out there every day and they demonstrate time and again the ability to respond to what is happening in terms of these changes that are being dictated, the integration of technology, the launch of new product lines.”
The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program, providing training dollars for Texas businesses and workers. Administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, community and technical colleges, local workforce development Boards and economic development partners.
The TWC chairman pledged the support of his agency to continue to work with PJC and area industries in similar efforts in the future.
“Our commitment to you is to keep working with our local boards to make sure that the strategies that they employ that are influenced by their voluntary boards and make sure they have the information they need to make the right investments,” Alcantar said. “Our commitment is to continue to make investments like we have here to recognize this more than $740,000 investment in 600 individuals being trained for five companies that we are very proud of.”
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