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Houston Workforce to benefit from $832,016 job training grant from TWC

The Houston workforce will benefit from an $832,016 training grant that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded last week to the Houston Community College System, in partnership with a local business consortium.

The grant is from the Self-Sufficiency Fund, which helps welfare recipients move into the workforce and off public assistance. It will create 260 jobs for the business consortium. Upon completion of training, employees will hold such positions as stocker, cashier, meat cutter, bus driver, security guard and certified nurse assistant, and will receive an average hourly wage of $9.14.

“This grant is a boon to the Gulf Coast and to the 260 workers who will receive workforce training,” said state Senator Rodney Ellis. “When we provide people the means to support themselves, we have done a valuable service to the individual, the fami1y and the community as a whole. This grant does just that, and I congratulate the Houston Community College System and the employers involved for making it a reality.”

“Assisting all Texans to be self-sufficient is one of our top priorities,” said TWC Chair Diane Rath, “Thanks to the governor and the State Legislature, TWC makes these grants available each year, assisting thousands of Texans to enjoy the rewards of this great state.”

In Fiscal Year 2001, 24 Self-Sufficiency Fund grants created 3,607 jobs. The jobs paid an average hourly wage of $8.41. The grant’s totaled $11,911,839 and helped 195 employers.

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in unison with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8S36 or Visit www.texasworkforce.org