NOV Grant Prideco Partners with Blinn College for $820,365 Job-Training Grant

Date: May 26,2017

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

AUSTIN ⎯ National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Grant Prideco has partnered with Blinn College to provide job training using a $820,365 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Brazos Valley Texas area.

“The partnership between NOV Grant Prideco and Blinn 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.”

This grant will be used to provide customized training to 395 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on manufacturing skills. Trainees will include welders, electricians and equipment operators. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $19.27.

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.

Blinn College contact:  Communications and Media Relations Director Richard Bray, 979-209-7285 or richard.bray@blinn.edu

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