$ 5.5 Million Jobs, Labor Subsidies, 3 in North Texas
On July 6, Governor Greg Abbott announced more than $ 5.5 million in Texas Talent Connection grants to 18 innovative job training and job placement programs in communities across the state. These competitive scholarships, administered by the Texas Workforce Investment Council in the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division, support innovative education and job training programs that lead to successful placement, increased wages and better retention in employment, as well as workforce programs. populations with special needs.
“The Texas economy is booming – jobs and businesses grow here, and as other states lose population, we gain,” Abbott said. “All this economic dynamic is proof that the Texan model works. Meeting the changing needs of job creators and providing a continuing supply of skilled workers is paramount to ensuring Texas remains the # 1 state for business expansion. With more than $ 5.5 million in Texas Talent Connection grants, we’re connecting more employers to skilled, work-ready Texans, and more Texans to in-demand skills training for better paying jobs and career development – creating a more prosperous Texas for all.
The $ 5,591,012 Texas Talent Connection scholarship announced today includes:
North of Texas:
- The Tarrant County Workforce Development Board: $ 326,405 for 21st Century program – Clients adopting new technology upon exit serving citizens reintegrated with technology training focused on digital literacy to assist with job search, placement and financial management.
- NPower: $ 350,000 for Tech Fundamentals program serving unemployed and underemployed veterans, veterans spouses and reservists in Dallas, Tarrant, Wise, Denton, Collin, Kaufman, Ellis, Hunt, Smith counties , Grayson, Rockwell and Johnson by providing tuition-free professional training, accreditation, and placement in industry-relevant digital careers.
- College of North Central Texas: $ 349,972 for the Business and Industry Leadership Team to Supply Chain and Logistics Education (BILT to SCALE) program serving North Central Texas College students in Denton, Cooke, Montague and Young counties by providing accelerated and accelerated training in supply chain logistics.
Other areas of Texas:
- Alvin Community College in Harris County: $ 346,659 for the New Beginnings Reintegration Program serving Brazoria County by providing newly released offenders with placement assistance and workforce training to reduce recidivism.
- American YouthWorks in Travis County: $ 243,414 for YouthBuild Manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program serving unemployed or underemployed youth aged 16-24 in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties providing them with secondary education, vocational skills and placement through paid training and manufacturing certifications.
- Houston Bay Area Advanced Technology Consortium: $ 324,029 for the Aerospace / Space / Aviation Technician Preparation Program serving Harris, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties by providing vocational training for unemployed high school graduates , displaced workers and other participants without employment and placement as certified electrical and composite material technicians in the aerospace, space and aviation industries.
- Community Learning Centers, Inc .: $ 300,000 for the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC-R) program serving veterans, the unemployed, underemployed, and low-income and low-skilled people in Johnson, Parker and Tarrant counties providing vocational training and placement in entry-level residential HVAC-R mechanic and technician positions in the construction industry.
- Forward Steps, Inc .: $ 350,000 for the Front Steps Resources for Employment and Education (FREE) program serving homeless veterans and other homeless people in Travis County by providing employment preparation and placement services as well as a temporary shelter to ensure the stability of employment and housing.
- Goodwill Industries of Central Texas: $ 114,539 for the Goodwill Career and Technical Academy program serving those facing barriers to employment in Travis County by providing industry-recognized Python training and certification in computer programming and software development from entry-level, as well as job search and placement services.
- IDEA Capital of Houston in Harris County: $ 300,000 for the second year of the Capital IDEA and Career My Way program serving low-income unemployed or underemployed adults aged 18 to 24 in Harris and Fort Bend counties in offering them community college education or short-term vocational training in health, energy industries or professional trades.
- ARRIBA project: $ 350,000 for the Equitable Opportunities Through Post-Secondary Access program serving low-income, unemployed or underemployed adults in El Paso County by providing post-secondary education, skills training, certification and placement in the health sector.
- Alliance of skill points in Travis County: $ 250,000 for Year 2 of the Bridging the Skills Gap: Extending Rapid Skills Development in Advanced Manufacturing program to serve low-income, unemployed and underemployed people in Bastrop , Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson Counties using an evidence-based framework focused on rapid skill development and placement.
- Texas A&M University – San Antonio: $ 255,000 for the Texas Two-step program to increase women in technology serving women in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina and Wilson by providing workforce training and placement in IT, IT and cybersecurity.
- Southernmost College in Texas in Cameron County: $ 350,000 for the second year of the Texas Shared Prosperity Initiative serving young adults of the Cameron County Pre-Trial Education Diversion Program who are non-violent first offenders by providing training, certification and employment in the construction and marine industry as insulators and ship fitters.
- Texas Technological University in Lubbock County: $ 349,959 for the second year of the Critical Infrastructure Security Training for Industry Professionals program serving the counties of Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motely, Terry and Yoakum by providing targeted training related to professional skills development, placement and career enhancement in the utilities and energy sectors for registered students and those already employed.
- The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA): $ 350,000 for the Rio Grande Valley Industry Workforce Innovation and Skills Training Program serving residents of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties 18 years of age or older , unemployed or living under federal poverty guidelines by providing training and certifications for allied health entry-level positions in aerospace and liquid natural gas.
- America Volunteers in Harris County: $ 350,000 for the second year of the Bridges to Career Opportunities program serving Houston and the Harris County area by providing a labor reserve to low-income and unemployed participants or underemployed in high-growth, high-wage industries.
- Southeast Texas Workforce Solutions: $ 331,035 for the Southeast Texas Day School Internship and Training Initiative (SETX) serving Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties by offering 18-24 year olds paid eight-week internships in their field of studies.
The Texas Workforce Investment Council assists the Governor and Legislature in strategic planning and evaluation of the Texas Workforce System to promote the development of a well-trained and highly skilled workforce for Texas . Board members represent workforce system partners and stakeholders, including business and industry, labor, education, and community organizations, as well as the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Council. The more than $ 5.5 million Texas Talent Connection grants awarded this year by Governor Abbott are Wagner-Peyser 7 (b) grant funds allocated to the governor’s office by the US Department of Labor to encourage innovation in workforce training and job placement services.