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Sunday, February 5, 2017

ACC Receives Grant from TWC

ACC Receives Grant from TWC

Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar delivered two grant checks to Alvin Community College totaling $700,000 for workforce training during a ceremony on February 2.

“We want our students to have access to good, quality programs,” Alcantar said. “Our commitment is to continue to work with (ACC) and support those efforts.”

A $501,882 grant from the Skills Development Fund will train 283 employees for Ascend Performance Materials. The training includes instruction on manufacturing, production, engineering and electrical reliability. The funds are currently in use and will be available until January 2018.

A $199,241 grant from the Jobs and Education for Texans program will fund equipment for enhanced instruction. The funds will help the ACC program meet standards requirements from the National Center for Construction Education and Research. The grant will run until August 2017 and support training for 127 students.

The Skills Development Fund is a state-funded, job-training program that provides training opportunities for Texas businesses while helping workers increase their skill levels and improve worker productivity.  The program works through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht said the grant process is highly competitive and obtaining the funds will benefit current workers, future workers and local industry.

“The Texas Workforce Commission encourages strategies that increase the chances for student and worker success,” she said.

ACC has received $12 million in TWC grants over the past 10 years which has provided training for 5,000 workers.

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