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2011 July 11 - 12:00 am


  • The Texas Workforce Commission has approved a $1.2 million grant to the Lamar Institute of Technology, the largest in LIT’s history. LIT is the fiscal agent for the Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund Healthcare Consortium Grant. The consortium is composed of LIT, San Jacinto College, Lone Star College, Houston Community College and four components of the CHRISTUS Healthcare System: CHRISTUS Hospital (St. Elizabeth and St. Mary), CHRISTUS Gulf Coast (St. Catherine and St. John) and the CHRISTUS Corporate Support Center. The purpose of the grant is to provide critical healthcare training to more than 1,500 CHRISTUS employees over a 15-month period. The training that all four colleges will provide will assist the CHRISTUS Healthcare System by offering industry-specific courses geared toward professional development in nursing, allied health and healthcare administration.

  • Texarkana College has partnered with HUMCO Holding Group Inc. to provide job training, using a $179,454 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant will be used to provide training that will help increase production, improve efficiency and upgrade industry-specific skills for 93 new and incumbent workers. Those trained will include packaging and filling machine operators and tenders, store clerks and filers, and technical and scientific products sales representatives. Upon completion of the training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $18.47.

  • Lone Star College System (Texas) has been awarded an incentive of more than $200,000 from the School Conserving Resources Program (SCORE). The incentive funds come from CenterPoint Energy and Entergy Texas Inc. to boost energy efficiency of lighting and air conditioning systems in several buildings. SCORE is a program offering technical and financial support to help educational facilities identify and implement energy efficiency projects. LSCS was awarded an incentive check of $126,870 from CenterPoint Energy for increasing the energy efficiency of the lighting and air conditioning systems in several buildings at LSC-Tomball, LSC-Cy-Fair, and LSC-North Harris, and at its LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-Fairbanks Center. LSCS also received $73,950 from Entergy Texas for increasing energy efficiency at LSC-Kingwood and LSC-Montgomery as well as in its system office. The incentives were determined by the total amount of energy LSCS will save through the planned efficiencies. The CenterPoint Energy projects will save nearly 1.9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, equivalent to preventing the yearly carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 260 passenger vehicles, according to EPA calculations. The Entergy Texas projects represent savings of more than 964,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, equivalent to preventing the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 130 passenger vehicles.
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