"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">South Texas College has partnered

with a consortium of Rio South Texas businesses to provide job

training using a $512,079 Skills Development Fund grant from the

Texas Workforce Commission. The business partners include Azteca

Milling L.P., Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, EMMSA Co., McAllen

Medical Center and Metal Processing International.

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">“This is a great day of celebration

for not only the college, but the entire region,” said STC

President Shirley A. Reed. “TWC has invested millions of dollars in

our region to provide skill training that creates opportunities for

employers and employees. We are very thankful for their continued

support and the faith they place in us to keep innovating and

producing results that fuel Texas’ economy.”

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">On April 14, TWC Commissioner

Representing the Public Andres Alcantar presented a check to South

Texas College President Shirley A. Reed and representatives from

the partnering companies at a special ceremony at the college’s

Technology Campus in McAllen.

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">“The training programs made

possible using these grants will build marketable skills,” said TWC

Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “The number

of Texans working in these jobs earning good wages will be a great

economic boost for this region.”

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">Several regional dignitaries were

in attendance to help celebrate the occasion, which shed the light

on the all the positive work taking place in the Rio South Texas


"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">“This is truly a celebration of

community,” said City of McAllen mayor Richard Cortez. “No one can

be success all by themselves. We all work together and we know we

have a proven way to make things happen and make them work. Thanks

to everyone for their contributions and making this grant


"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">The grant will be used to custom

train approximately 236 new and incumbent workers in methodologies

that will increase production efficiency, improve services and

reduce accident and turnover rates. Those trained will include

packers, rackers and welding supervisors. Upon completion of the

trainings, participants will realize increased wages and career

advancement opportunities.

"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">“We have hit the ground running and

are already training,” said Wanda Garza, executive officer for the

North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education

Initiative. “Manufacturing is in our hearts in the Rio South Texas

Region and South Texas College is very committed to this regional

effort. We thank the TWC for its continued support; support that is

the foundation of our regional workforce talent


"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">The grant-funded training is

coordinated and provided by STC’s Institute for Advanced

Manufacturing, a NAAMREI affiliate. STC’s IAM is tasked with

identifying employer needs for workforce talent development and

helping find solutions that keep the regional advanced,

manufacturing industry growing. Currently, the Rio South Texas

Region in the world leader in advanced, rapid response


"font-size: 10pt; font-family:">For additional information about

STC’s IAM and similar grant-funded or customized training call

956-872-6197 or visit


"color: black;">http://manufacturing.southtexascollege.edu/iam.

The Texas Workforce

Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers,

workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC

and the services it offers in coordination with its network of

local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8556 or visit

"color: black;">www.texasworkforce.org.