Has your company received employee training through the South Texas College Skills Development Grant Fund? If so, there may be more money just waiting to fund additional trainings for your employees.

“To date we have provided trainings to more than 5,000 employees, with the unduplicated count being more than 2,200 employees,” said Carlos Margo, director of the College’s IAM. “These folks are seeing real value in the more than 200 classes we offer so I hope that employers who signed up for the grant continue coming back to improve the future opportunities of their existing and new workers.”

Representatives from a variety of companies actively participating in the grant attended a workshop highlighting new offerings available from the institute and learned how many hours of training were logged by employees at their companies.

“When the South Texas Manufacturers Association was first organized in the early ‘90s, all we talked about was the lack of skilled workers available to keep and bring in new manufacturers,” said Mike Willis, STMA executive director. “Then, when STC came along, our abilities to train the needed workers became a reality. Now we are leading the state in training skilled workers. We need to continue our focus on training, despite the economy, to remain competitive. The most successful companies are those focused on learning. It’s also a great value add to recruit and retain the best employees over the long term.”

STC’s IAM also encouraged attendees to take advantage of opportunities for on-site training at company locations. AMMEX is one company taking full advantage of the training and its employees hope the company continues its work with STC’s IAM.

“It’s good for us to attend the trainings,” said Danny Barron, AMMEX production supervisor. “I attended the lean manufacturing classes and I know other employees are hungry for new opportunities and want to learn. We will be looking forward to the new on-site classes STC’s IAM can provide.”

For more information about STC’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing visit http://manufacturing.southtexascollege.edu/.