VC to train Sparkman employees

July 23, 2011 at 2:23 a.m.

Victoria College will provide skills training for employees at Sparkman Industries.

The company was recently awarded more than $3,000 from the Texas Workforce Commission's Skills for Small Business Program.

Specialized classes will improve both technical and soft skills, such as supervision and management, essentials of leadership, Excel software and more.

Classes will be taught on-site at Sparkman Industries, online and at VC.

Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees are eligible to apply for funding to improve their employees' skills through the Texas Workforce Commission's new grant program.

Emphasis is placed on training new employees, especially when the training will have a direct impact on the development of the business.

The application process for grant funding has been streamlined and some of the more limiting restrictions common to large grant applications have been eliminated.

"After working together with VC to develop a training plan, Sparkman Industries submitted its own grant proposal directly to the state," said Rachel Nessel, business solutions coordinator for workforce and continuing education at VC. "The current grant training will conclude in November, and Sparkman Industries will likely apply for additional training before the end of the year."

For small businesses interested in applying, there are no minimum or maximum employees required, no lengthy written proposal is necessary and applications may be submitted by individual businesses directly to the Texas Workforce Commission via email or fax.



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