ARMA is happy to announce that the Texas Workforce Commission just awarded an ARMA Consortium and Austin Community College $425,000. The grant will provide customized training for more than 400 new and incumbent workers at manufacturing firms in Austin, including 3M, Applied Materials, Athena Manufacturing, KoMiCo, and TASUS. Offered through ACC’s Continuing Education Division, the program includes focused instruction on business technical courses such as electronics, electromechanical systems, and robotics, as well as customized LEAN training through TMAC.
“We are pleased to present this grant to area manufacturers and Austin Community College, which will support the high-demand manufacturing industry in the Austin, Georgetown, and Round Rock areas,” says TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “This partnership focuses on customized technical training that will help increase productivity and efficiency, and create new job opportunities across Central Texas. “
“It’s about creating new opportunity to build a stronger workforce,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “Our entire community will benefit from these partnerships. Employees get highly technical training for better-paying jobs, and employers get the skilled labor they need.”
“To be successful , we have to focus more in technical training and development of our employees. Thanks to ARMA and ACC for all of their assistance and to TWC for the approval of this grant. It means a lot to us,” said Tracey Jackson, HR Director with TASUS
It is our hope that this is the first of many training grants through the Texas Workforce Commission. If your company wants to be included in the next consortium, please let us know.
Pictured from left to right: Walt Barkalow (Director of Manufacturing for TASUS), Dr. Richard Rhodes (President of Austin Community College), Ed Latson (Executive Director of ARMA), and Commissioner Ruth Hughes (Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission).