Washington, DC - Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced grants in health care and emerging industries totaling more than $225 million, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. San Jacinto Community College District in Pasadena, Texas will receive more than $4.7 million.
The grant will allow San Jacinto to provide comprehensive petrochemical training programs for low income unemployed and incumbent workers that lead to relevant certificates or associate degrees which meet industry needs of the Gulf Coast. “The Recovery Act’s investments are making a positive difference in the lives of America’s working families,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.” San Jacinto’s grant totals $4,722,919 with a special emphasis on attracting and training Hispanic and female participants for worker training.
“This grant provides a great opportunity for our constituents who are out of work or need additional skills, to receive training locally through San Jacinto Community College,” said Rep. Gene Green. “San Jacinto has a history of working with local industry to train workers with skill sets that are in demand, and this grant brings the College together again with a number of local companies and industry groups.”
Key partners include Brazosport College, Lee College, Dow Chemical, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, and Shell Oil Company. The effort will provide participants with degrees or certificates in the following areas: Industrial Automation Technician certificate, CNC Operator certificate, PLC programming certificate, Industrial Instrumentation Technician degree or certificate, Custom Fieldbus certificate, Custom Instrumentation certificate.
“Our area encompasses all areas of the energy sector; including the petrochemical industries along the Houston Ship Channel,” Rep. Green stated. “This funding will help train workers in our area to gain critical jobs skills important to local industry.”
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