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Victoria College awarded a $1.8 million job-training grant

By Carolina Astrain
Oct. 3, 2013 at 5:03 a.m.

Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission  chairman, presented Victoria College with a $1.8 million grant for petrochemical job training  Thursday. "I'm really happy that we've been able to add 275,00 jobs over the past year," Alcantar said. "We've seen the impact of the oil and gas industry in our communities and how that is helping manufacturing."

Victoria College was awarded a $1.8 million check to provide job training to petrochemical workers by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission chairman, was at the college Thursday to present college officials with the grant.

"Community colleges are extremely important to our economy," Alcantar said. "It's not possible for Texas to have the best economy in the United States without the contributions of our community colleges."

The grant money is part of a new partnership between the college and a group of petrochemical businesses including Alcoa, DuPont, Formosa Plastics Corp., Ineos USA, Seadrift Coke and Dow Seadrift Operations.

The grant will be used to train 618 new and current workers including plant operators, engineers and technicians, according to a news release. After completing the training, a petrochemical employee could earn an average hourly wage of $33.10.

The award amount, $1,825,385, will be used to pay for 47,658 training hours.

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