ACC awarded $2.75M grant to prepare high tech workforce

Austin Community College (ACC) will provide specialized job training for three Central Texas technology firms through a $2.75 million grant awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission. The training will help hundreds of workers upgrade their skills or prepare for new, in-demand jobs.

“Our Skills Development Fund provides customized training for high-wage, high-demand jobs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. “The grant we are announcing with Austin Community College supports the advanced manufacturing and information technology industries in this region and will provide many Texans with specialized training to further their careers.”

Programs funded by the grant, which will be distributed in two phases, will be used by ACC’s Continuing Education Division to develop comprehensive, individualized training programs for  Samsung, TNT Solutions, and Voltabox of Texas Inc.

“Our partnership with ACC is an investment. The training programs impact the entire Samsung operation,” says Catherine Morse, Samsung director of public affairs. “Workers get the specialized training they need and the community benefits from a more highly-skilled workforce.”

Almost 500 engineering and technician employees will receive custom training in robotics, electronics, and schematics.

“This grant is proof that ACC is a trusted resource for Central Texas businesses,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president and CEO. “We’re proud of the partnership and the trust these companies have in the college.”

Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 300,456 jobs throughout the state since its inception in 1996.

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