Alamo Colleges/Fox Tank Partner for Job Training
Tank Co. has partnered with Alamo Colleges to provide job training using a
$304,848 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission
The grant will be used to custom
train 135 new and incumbent workers in basic and advanced welding techniques to
address critical labor shortages in the manufacturing and energy industries.
Those trained will include welders, testers and painters.
“Skills grants deliver customized
training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the
marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not
only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the
benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this
Fox Tank Co. manufactures steel-welded oil
field storage tanks and separation equipment for the energy industry. Upon
completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage between
$12 and $20.
“We are excited about this partnership
with Fox Tank Company, which will bring critically needed technical training to
the Greater Kerrville area," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce
Leslie. "Programs such as the one funded by this grant from the Texas
Workforce Commission allow us to extend the job training expertise of the Alamo
Colleges beyond Bexar County and into our wider service area.”
From the program’s inception in 1996 through
2012, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 286,000
jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 3,901 employers with their
customized training needs. The Legislature appropriated $48.5 million to the
Skills Development Fund for the 2012-13 biennium. Employers seeking more
information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at http://skills.texasworkforce.org.
Photo caption: (l to r) Alamo Colleges Trustee Dr. Yvonne Katz, Fox Tank Vice President Nathan Fox, Kerrville Mayor Jack Pratt, TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar, Kerr County Judge Pat Tinley, Alamo Colleges Kerrville Center Director Shawna Fahrenthold, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie, Alamo Colleges Workforce Director Jo B. Tucker, Galyn Derringer of Worksource Solutions Alamo and Alamo Colleges Trustee Roberto Zárate celebrate a job training grant.