San Jacinto College receives $1.8 million grant for manufacturing training

Present at the Texas Workforce Commission check presentation are (from left to right): Dr. Michael Murphy, President, Lee College; Barbara Lewis, Director of Constituent Services, Senator Mike Jackson; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Texas Workforce Commission Commissioner Representing the Public, Andres Alcantar; Elizabeth Mercer, Human Resources Manager, Kaneka Texas, Corp.; Nathan Murray, Chair, East Harris County Manufacturing Association Industry Training Committee; Edgar Baena, Plant Manager, The Lubrizol Corporation.

The Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College has been awarded nearly $2 million from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills Development Fund to provide training for the manufacturing and petrochemical industries.

TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar signed and presented the check at a reception held Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at the San Jacinto College Central campus. In conjunction with Lee College, the $1.8 million grant will assist in training nearly 800 local workers in the areas of operations and maintenance, and leadership and management. The grant is expected to help produce 39 new jobs, and upgrade 744, in the Gulf Coast region.

“Through this training grant, 781 jobs will be created or upgraded,” said Commissioner Alcantar. “This is a great example of partnership between the private and public sectors to produce good jobs for Texans.”

The grant proposal by San Jacinto College and Lee College is also in collaboration with the East Harris County Manufacturers’ Association (EHCMA), a long-time partner with the two institutions. EHCMA represents more than 125 petrochemical companies along the Houston Ship Channel, and since 2006 have partnered with the two colleges on a variety of activities to increase the number of new and incumbent workers that are needed to replace a retiring generation.

The grant will cover the cost of the courses for employees from 12 different industry partners in the region. The customized training will also allow for the two institutions to continue offering the training on an annual basis.