E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Firestone Polymers, LLC Partner with Lamar State College for $316,251 Job-Training Grants

Date: April 6, 2018

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Firestone Polymers, LLC have partnered with Lamar State College to provide job training using $316,251 Skills Development Fund grants from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas area.

Photos from the event can be downloaded from TWC’s Flickr page.

“The partnerships between E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Firestone Polymers with Lamar State College for these Skills Development Fund grants 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.”

“Along with TWC Labor Commissioner Alvarez, I’m excited to present these job training grants,” said state Rep. Dade Phelan. “The grants will help ensure that workers in the Golden Triangle area receive cutting-edge training and that local businesses have access to qualified employees.”

E. I. du Pont de Nemours was awarded a $185,975 grant that will be used to provide custom training to 486 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focus instruction on water laboratory and water utility management and emergency response. Trainees will include first responders, chemical technicians and manufacturing engineers. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $33.95.

Firestone Polymers, LLC was awarded a $130,276 grant that will used to provide custom training to 88 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on plant safety and maintenance, and improving production. Trainees will include engineers, mechanics, technicians and operators. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $33.58.

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.

Lamar State College contact: Director of Public Information / Program Manager for Workforce Development Amy Moore, 409-749-0170 (cell), 409-882-3917 (office) or amy.moore@lsco.edu

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