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2011 May 2 - 12:00 am

GRANTS AND GIFTS:

  • South Texas College has partnered with a consortium of Rio South Texas businesses to provide job training using a $512,079 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The business partners include Azteca Milling L.P., Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, EMMSA Co., McAllen Medical Center and Metal Processing International. On April 14, Andres Alcantar, TWC commissioner representing the public, presented a check to college President Shirley A. Reed and representatives from the partnering companies at a special ceremony at the college’s Technology Campus in McAllen. The grant will be used to custom-train approximately 236 new and incumbent workers in methodologies that will increase production efficiency, improve services and reduce accident and turnover rates. Those trained will include packers, rackers and welding supervisors. Upon completion of the training, participants are expected to realize increased wages and career advancement opportunities.

  • The village of Ottawa Hills Fire and Rescue Department recently donated a 1986 Ford Grumman Fire Engine and equipment to Ohio’s Owens Community College School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Center for Emergency Preparedness. The donated fire engine and equipment will be used to provide comprehensive safety training to first responders. The first responders will be able to conduct a variety of emergency response scenarios, including the controlling of a fire within a multi-story building, roof access, and fire fighting and rescue techniques from upper floors.
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