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Collaborating with colleges to enhance skill levels of employees

1. Skill Development Fund withTexas Workforce Commission,

2. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

3. More resource for training small business staff, apprenticeship, local training assistance, or skills development

1. Texas Workforce Commission, Skills Development Fund

The Texas Workforce Commission offers a state-funded Skills Development Fund that assists businesses and workers to skill levels through grants funds for curriculum development, training materials, instructor certifications and training equipment additions or upgrades.

As a tool for providing training, Skills Development Fund collaborates with colleges in order to provide a way to enhance the evolving needs of industry. 

The Texas Workforce Commission provides access to $48 million in training dollars to support high-quality customized training projects statewide. During fiscal year 2016, TWC:

  • Awarded 43 Skills Development Fund grants totaling $26,730,404
  • Served 98 Texas businesses
  • Supported the creation of 3,942 new jobs
  • Upgraded the skills of 9,333 workers in existing jobs

How the Skills Development Fund Works:

  • A business, consortium of businesses, or trade union identifies a training need
  • Then partners with a public community or technical college to fill its specific needs 
  • Businesses work with college partners to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct training 
  • The Skills Development Fund pays for the training
  • The college administers the grant
  • Businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workers.

"TWC accepts project proposal submissions throughout the year with each grant typically lasting 12 months.

TWC provides access to a team of highly skilled professionals who provide technical assistance, at no charge, to help streamline the development of projects and proposals. Our team is available to work directly with employers, colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners throughout the life of the project to ensure employers are getting the training their workers need.

The Business Outreach and Project Development Team will:

  • Provide technical assistance
  • Advise and assist partners with developing quality proposals
  • Review "draft" proposals prior to formal submission

Project developers are highly encouraged to take advantage of technical assistance prior to final proposal submission."

For more information, click here to go to the Texas Workforce, Skills Development Overview

To review the proposal application form, scroll to the bottom of the above link, under "Forms."

2. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

"Major TEEX programs include fire and rescue, infrastructure and safety, law enforcement, economic and workforce development, and homeland security. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX is unique in its ability to access a broad range of emerging research and technical expertise. Beginning with course design and development all the way through hands-on instruction and national certification testing, TEEX delivers comprehensive training through both classroom and hands-on instruction and as online courses. Hosting services for online courses, technical assistance and technology validation, and bilingual training and translation services also are available."

For more on what TEEX offers in funding and grants, visit their page by clicking here

3. More resource for training small business staff, apprenticeship, local training assistance, or skills development



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