Thanks to Skills for Small Business grants from the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Texas State Technical College are working with local small businesses in Cameron County to help them have the trained personnel they need. The grants total $156,000 provide both professional training and development among small businesses. This will continue into 2019 training from TSTC which has helped more than a dozen small businesses since 2016.
“TSTC and the TWC are working together on a small-business initiative to ensure that, like larger industries, they have a trained workforce. Our community is made up of small businesses, and it is our responsibility to provide them with the resources they need” said Isidro Ramos, executive director for TSTC Workforce Training and Continuing Education. “Most of the time, small businesses have limited resources and training is not in their budget. But with this grant, they’re able to get their employees the training they need. We can’t forget about our small businesses.”
Small-business employers are able to apply for the training every year. However, they must pay the prevailing wages in the local labor market for the trainees funded under the grant.
“There is an application process, but most small businesses qualify,” said Ramos. “These trainings help make a business more effective, efficient, competitive in their niche market, and innovative.”
Courses offered through the grant range from leadership in customer service and communication skills to beginner, intermediate and advanced Microsoft Office and QuickBooks trainings to marketing and basic supervision. TSTC offers nearly 20 courses.