Alamo Colleges District Nets $269,464 TWC Grant

April 29, 2019

Board Members Holding Check From TWC

At a press conference last Thursday, the Alamo Colleges District announced it is collaborating with Toyotetsu Texas Inc. and Forma Automotive LLC for a $269,464 Skills Development Fund Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Alamo area.

“We are pleased to present this grant to the Alamo Colleges District and their partners, which will provide customized training in the automotive parts supply manufacturing industry,” said Aaron Demerson, director, office of employer initiatives, TWC. “This partnership will ensure students have the skills necessary to support themselves and contribute to their communities,” he added.

“The training funded by this grant will take place at our state-of-the-art Workforce Center of Excellence. It is one of the many job training partnerships we have in place to provide the workforce needed to keep local employers competitive in a global marketplace,” said Dr. Mike Flores, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District. “This program also aligns with our goal of providing residents with the skills to qualify for high-wage, high-demand jobs that provide social and economic mobility for themselves and their families,” he added. 

Also on hand for the announcement were Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores; Board Chair Marcelo Casillas and Trustees Dr. Yvonne Katz, Dr. Gene Sprague and Joe Jesse Sanchez; Leslie Cantu, assistant vice president of administration for Toyotetsu Texas, Inc.; Issac Lopez, training specialist, Forma Automotive LLC; and Toyotetsu employee Daand Bounyalak. This grant will be used to provide custom training to 153 new and incumbent workers with a focus on manufacturing. The training will enhance the skills of the technical team members who maintain the robotics and other equipment used on the production floor, as well as to improve the skill set of team and group leaders. The training will allow workers to earn good wages in a high-demand occupation. Instruction will be provided by faculty from all five of the Alamo Colleges District’s colleges.

At the Alamo Colleges District, high quality education and affordable costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community.