September 7, 2018


Workforce Training Grants Awarded To Colleges And Schools Will Help Meet Needs For High-Paying Area Jobs

AUSTIN – Following the announcement of nearly $5 million in job training grants to 23 colleges and public schools, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) pointed out that over $2 million of the grant money will come to South Texas to provide 3,191 local students with training for vital and high paying industry jobs.


"Having worked to improve and expand limited job training opportunities for South Texas students for many years, it's heartening and encouraging to see this kind of investment in our future," said Guillen. "The fact that nine of the 23 grants and 70 percent of the students to be trained come from far South Texas reflects the ongoing growth of our area and the coordination we have established with Workforce Commission officials."


Awards to entities serving Guillen's legislative district include Coastal Bend College, South Texas College, Texas Southmost College, and Raymondville ISD.


Focusing on the still expanding South Texas oil and gas production industry and the rapid growth of population creating business and job growth, Guillen said the training will encompass such fields as licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, welders, cutters, solderers and brazers, manufacturing engineers, pharmacy technicians, for electrical and electronical engineering technicians, automotive service technicians and mechanics, IT profession with training for computer systems analysts.


Rep Guillen helped pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in the most recent legislative session which allocated $156 million for workforce development programs that help job seekers attain education, training, and support services needed to secure employment.


 “These grants provide the technical training required for high-demand occupations to give successful students the ability to provide lives for their families and help their communities grow and prosper,” Rep. Guillen said.


The 86th Texas Legislature will convene in January 2019. Guillen anticipates filing a slate of new bills to address the concerns and improve the life of his fellow Texans.