A recent $332,042 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to South Texas College will continue to provide customized training to the workforce for local industry partners. TWC’s Skills Development Fund will provide funding to train 181 new and incumbent workers in advanced manufacturing.
“We are committed to fostering long-term sustained economic growth by providing superior workforce training programs to local business and industry partners,” said South Texas College Associate Dean of Industry Training and Economic Development Carlos Margo. “This exemplifies our continued success not only as a premier training provider but as a partner to private industry, the Texas Workforce Commission and our local Workforce Board.”
Grant Provides Training to McAllen and Pharr businesses
Employees from Alps Logistics USA Inc., Fox Packaging and Universal Metal Products will receive the custom training. This includes business technical skills for blueprint reading and fundamentals of robotics. They will also receive general technical skills, customer service, team building and productive group skills, among others.
“Training under this grant is crucial for our development and success,” said Don Kurth, vice president of Alps Logistics USA Inc. Alps provides global integrated logistics services specializing in electronic components as a group company of Alps-Alpine. Kurth says, “It is fruitful for both our company and our employees.”
Universal Metal Products is a broad-line custom metal stamping solution for the appliance, automotive and industrial markets. “Training will increase safety and control in our manufacturing processes,” said Cesario Pina, Universal Metal Products plant manager. “It will allow us to be more competitive as well as improve efficiency, reduce waste and increase productivity.”
“For us, we believe the training will increase job satisfaction and morale among our employees,” said Fox Packaging HR Generalist Patricia Morales. “Our employees are versatile and cross-trained in each department.”
Morales says these types of development opportunities enhance employee knowledge and skills. They also enrich the organization because employees learn how to adopt new strategies, technology and processes.
Fox Packaging provides fresh produce packers and shippers with flexible packaging solutions that achieve cost savings through operational efficiencies. The company has spent the last five decades developing unique packing designs which reduce product damage. Packages also showcase the fresh produce as well as provide a foundation for product branding.
Keeping Workforce Competitive
TWC’s Skills Development Fund is the state’s premier job-training program. It provides local custom training for businesses and workers to increase both skill levels and wages. It includes a collaboration among companies, public community and technical colleges, workforce development boards and economic development partners.
“Now more than ever, it’s important that we continue to support our workers with the training needed to keep them competitive in our current job market,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “This partnership between South Texas College and Alps Logistics USA Inc., Fox Packaging and Universal Metal Products on this Skills Development Fund grant will directly benefit the South Texas region.”