A Texas Workforce Commission grant will allow Texas State Technical College and Mueller Co. to advance the technical skills of more than 80 Mueller Co. employees. TSTC will provide the workforce training for employees at the Brownsville location.
Bryan Daniel, TWC’s chairman and commissioner representing the public, presented both organizations with the $107,705 Skills Development Fund grant.
“TSTC is at the forefront of employer and student success,” said TSTC Provost Cledia Hernandez. “It’s a privilege and honor to be part of transforming a major segment in our local manufacturing.”
The training for Mueller Co. employees began earlier this month. TSTC Workforce Training and Continuing Education administers the training at the Mueller site. It includes Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-hour safety training. Courses also include those in basic math, basic machining, troubleshooting of electrical and motor systems, introduction to Microsoft Excel, pneumatics and hydraulics.
Meeting goals, investing more
Sergio Marroquin, manufacturing manager at Mueller Co., said TSTC’s ability to provide the technical training they require to meet their company’s goals encouraged the partnership.
“TSTC knows and understands the fundamentals and advances in technical training,” said Marroquin. “We know that TSTC makes things happen, and over the next year our employees will receive the training they need to achieve success within our company.”
Daniel views Skills Development Fund grants as an investment back into the community.
“These grants allow employers to help their employees advance their skills and opportunities,” he said. “These trainings can help lead an employee to an increased salary or promotion, which in turn strengthens our communities.”
Over the next year, Marroquin said they will work closely with TSTC in growing this newly formed partnership.