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2016 May 29 - 06:23 pm

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

TWC Chair Andres Alcantar presents ACC with a ceremonial $1.4 million check to fund workforce training. From left: Sam Scheiner, human resources director for INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA; David King, INEOS special projects and workforce development manager; Francis Labry, director of training/OS, Team Industrial Services; ACC President Christal M. Albrecht, Alcantar, ACC regent Bel Sanchez; ACC Regent Doyle Swindell, State Sen. Larry Taylor’ and State Rep. Ed Thompson.

Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar delivered a $1.4 million check to Alvin Community College to help fund workforce training. The grant is from the Skills Development Fund and will train about 600 employees working for INEOS and Team Industrial Services. The training includes courses in industrial safety, equipment repair/maintenance, plant processes and related technical applications of plant operations. The Skills Development Fund is a statefunded, job-training program that provides training opportunities for Texas businesses while helping workers increase their skill levels and wages. The program works through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

Workers with skills in transportation and logistics are in high demand in Florida, with more than 50,000 jobs expected in these fields through 2020. To meet the demand, Hillsborough Community College has been building out a regional Advanced Transportation Technology Center, a program that will now be completed through a $1 million grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest-ever corporate contribution to the college. HCC is adding four new training programs in diesel technologies, alternative fuels systems, avia tion/avionics, and an automated people mover/light rail systems training program. The new programs will complement existing programs in automotive collision repair, automotive technology, advanced welding technology and bus transit technology.

The ATTC project also received $2.75 million in funding during the 2016 Legislative Session and has previously received two awards totaling $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The Hillsborough County Commission also provided a $75,000 grant for equipment at the ATTC to help support the college’s role as a founding partner of the newly formed Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County. It is the second major investment JPMorgan Chase has made towards the development of the ATTC, the first being a $250,000 grant to expand the welding program. The firm is investing in workforce development in the Greater Tampa Bay area as part of its New Skills at Work global initiative.

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