Custom training for local small businesses is the focus of a Weslaco EDC grant. The $100,000 grant will fund South Texas College in providing training in retail, manufacturing and logistics through Sept. 30, 2019.
A ceremonial check presentation took place Nov 1 for the partnership to increase both high skill and high wage jobs in the Mid-Valley region.
“Workforce training is one of the biggest negotiators in today’s economic projects,” says Weslaco EDC Treasurer Stephen Charlton. “Before a company even considers moving to this area to grow their business, having a ready workforce means that employees are equipped with the right skill set for their needs. This grant provides money for student training at no cost to the student or employer.”
“We know that the only way out of poverty is with a job, and the only way to get a good paying job is by having that competitive workforce,” says STC President Shirley A. Reed. “That has always been our mission and we have always been steadfast and dedicated to that mission.”
The custom training involves more than 300 courses at STC made for the needs of local industry. The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at STC specializes in building a manufacturing workforce through quality-customized training.