LEDA, Plainview/Hale County EDC and Workforce Solutions South Plains Partner to Support a $235,000 High-Demand Job Training Grant

DATE: April 04, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Givens
PHONE: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Lubbock Economic Development Corporation (LEDA), Plainview/Hale County Economic Development Corporation and Workforce Solutions South Plains have partnered for the South Plains High Demand Job Training. The training is made possible using a $100,000 High Demand Job Training grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded to Workforce Solutions South Plains who will receive leveraged matching funds from LEDA and Plainview/Hale County EDC of $125,000 and $10,000 respectively to purchase classroom equipment.

“These grants support strong partnerships between economic development corporations, Workforce Solutions, and education partners to enhance high-demand education and job training solutions that help students succeed in high-demand industries,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We are pleased to make this investment to help build industry-aligned programs that are in high demand in this region.”

The South Plains High Demand Job Training will facilitate purchasing equipment needed to provide hands on training for the high demand occupational training at the secondary level during the Spring 2017 school semester and 2017/2018 school year. Training will take place at nine school districts located in the South Plains Region. The nine school districts will train a total of 890 students to prepare for employment in the high-demand occupation of welder, food service manager, software development-applications, nursing assistant, general maintenance technician, construction manager and computer user support specialists.

Through the High-Demand Job Training Program, local workforce development boards can apply for funds from TWC to be matched by local economic development corporations, while funds are available. For more on this training program, businesses are encouraged to contact their local Workforce Solutions office or visit the High-Demand Job Training Program webpage.

TWC contact: Director of Communications Lisa Givens, 512-463-8556, lisa.givens@twc.state.tx.us

Workforce Solutions South Plains contact: Executive Director Martin Aguirre, 806-744-1987

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