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Brazosport College partners with Braskem America for TWC job-training grant

Brazosport College partners with Braskem America for TWC job-training grant

Thu May 4, 2017

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TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez recently presented a $234,830 Skills Development Fund Grant check to representatives from Brazosport College and Braskem America Inc. during a reception at the BASF Center for Process Technology on the campus of Brazosport College. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Millicent Valek, President, Brazosport College; Kristina DeWitty, Business Outreach Specialist, TWC; Robert Perryman, Board of Regents, Brazosport College; Larry Josey, Learning and Development Leader, Braskem America; Jeremy Glisson, Industrial Director, Braskem America; Marshall Campbell, Vice President, Human Resources, Brazosport College; Commissioner Alvarez; Susan Dixon, Account Executive, Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast; Dr. Madonna Adams, Director, Center for Business & Industry Training, Brazosport College, Dacharie Ortego, Grant Manager, Center for Business & Industry Training, Brazosport College; and Lori Loving, AOS, Center for Business & Industry Training, Brazosport College.

Brazosport College has partnered with Braskem America Inc. to provide job training using a $234,830 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Gulf Coast Texas area.

“The partnership between Braskem America and Brazosport College on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Our labor force is among the most talented and skilled in the world, and we continue to seek and implement strategies to improve the skills of Texas workers.”

The check was presented during a reception at the BASF Center for Process Technology on the Brazosport College campus.

This grant will be used to provide customized training to 118 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on pump operations, process equipment, industrial control circuitry and safety/rescue training. Trainees will include production engineers, electrical technicians, process specialists, and lab technicians. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $35.89.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 342,428 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,238 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/skills.