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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:           March 5, 2019

CONTACT:    Mike Gonzalez

PHONE:        956.332.9741

E-MAIL:        mikeg@wfsolutions.org

Workforce Solutions Awarded $189,278 RGV Externship for Teachers Grant

Educators get the opportunity to share valuable workplace skills and knowledge in the classroom.

McAllen, TX – On February 22, 2019, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded Workforce Solutions the RGV Externship for Teachers Grant in the amount of $189,278. The grant will provide 180 middle school and high school teachers and counselors from the Rio Grande Valley with externship opportunities with local employers. Teachers will have the opportunity to gain insight from a different work environment that they can then incorporate into a lesson plan to share with students in the classroom. 

The project is in partnership with Workforce Solutions Cameron, Region One Education Service Center, McAllen Economic Development Corporation, McAllen Foreign Trade Zone, and the Rio Grande Valley Linking Economic and Academic Development (RGV LEAD). 

“The Externship for Teachers grant has been immensely beneficial to our local educators over the years,” says Francisco Almaraz, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Solutions. “The standard of quality within the program ensures synergy between the local employers and educators, extending the benefits to students in the classroom once their teachers complete their externships.”

Previous participating employers include, but are not limited to: 

  • ·UTRGV - Center for Innovation & Commercialization
  • ·Boys and Girls Club
  • ·Rio Grande Regional Hospital
  • ·Port of Brownsville
  • ·McAllen Economic Development Center
  • ·Shah Eye Center
  • ·Entravision

Workforce Solutions works with local school districts, colleges, and universities within Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties to ensure students have the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. If you’re interested in learning more about the RGV Externship for Teachers grant, contact us at 956.928.5000. The RGV Externship for Teachers is 100% ($189,287) funded by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:             January 11, 2019

CONTACT:     Mike Gonzalez

PHONE:         956.332.9741

E-MAIL:         mikeg@wfsolutions.org

South Texas College Receives Job-Training Grants Totaling Over $1.3 Million for Healthcare and Technology Training

Three JET Grants to help create new opportunities for jobs and education

McAllen, TX – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded South Texas College three individual grants on Friday, Jan. 11: a $249,096 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant; a $655,153 Skills Development Fund (Skills) grant to a health care consortium; and a $409,890 Skills grant to a manufacturing consortium. The grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions areas of Lower Rio Grande Valley, Middle Rio Grande, and South Texas.

The $249,096 JET grant will help the college purchase and install equipment to provide 1,322 students with training for careers in the information technology field as computer, networking, and cyber security specialists.

In addition, local grant partners are collaborating with South Texas College to provide job training using Skills grants from TWC. A health care consortium, consisting of McAllen Medical Center; McAllen Heart Hospital; Edinburg Regional Medical Center; Edinburg Children’s Hospital; Cornerstone Regional Hospital; STHS ER at Mission; STHS ER at Weslaco; Doctors Hospital of Laredo; and Fort Duncan Medical Center and Women’s Center, will use a $655,153 grant to provide custom training to 1,167 new and incumbent workers in the health care and social assistance industry. Examples of trainees to include: echo technicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, mammography technicians, emergency room technicians, housekeepers, CNAs and more. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $31.32.

Workforce Solutions works with all schools, colleges, and universities within Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties to help increase their technical capacities. If you’re interested in learning more about the JET grant or Skills grant, contact us at 956-687-1121.

 

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