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Victoria College awarded Eagle Ford Shale grant from TWC

By Carolina Astrain
Oct. 31, 2013 at 5:31 a.m.


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Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at skills.texasworkforce.org.

Victoria College was awarded $186,236 by the Texas Workforce Commission to meet the training needs of oil and gas companies in the Eagle Ford Shale region.

The college was also awarded a $1.8 million petrochemical job-training grant from the TWC earlier this month.

"We have a really good track record for receiving grants from the Texas Workforce Commission," said Victoria College President Tom Butler. "Our needs for the workforce matched their desire and when those two things are in line, this is what happens."

Victoria College was one of six community colleges to receive an award from a total of $1,499,930 in Skills Development Fund job training grants.

Specialized lesson plans, equipment and simulation software will be purchased with the grants.

Other colleges included were Alamo Colleges, Coastal Bend College, Del Mar College, Laredo Community College and Southwest Texas Junior College.

"These grants provide a unique opportunity for these colleges to deliver the workforce training required for this vital industry," TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar was quoted in a news release. "TWC's ongoing partnerships with local community colleges address the emerging needs of Texas employers and workers across industries."

The equipment Victoria College will purchase with the grant will be used at its Emerging Technology Complex, which is scheduled for completion in 2015, Butler said.

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