Alamo Colleges Awarded Over $1 Million Grant to Train Workers

June 16, 2021

Kay Hendricks

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In recognition of the Alamo Colleges District status as the number one provider of workforce training in the region, the Alamo Colleges District recently was awarded a Skills Development Grant of $1,095,050 to provide Advanced Manufacturing jobs skills training for 512 newly hired employees at Navistar San Antonio Manufacturing, LLC.

The employees will receive a total of 18,100 hours of training to prepare them for jobs as team leaders, team members and maintenance technicians. Alamo Colleges’ Continuing Education department will provide the training in partnership with Navistar at their facility in Elmendorf. The grant is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission for a period of 18 months.

“This 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.

The training will allow Navistar employees to keep pace with technological advances by achieving Industry 4.0, a digital transformation of manufacturing into smart factories as they prepare for production in 2022. Training will include a mix of complex instruction and safety and general technical courses.

“The San Antonio community has been welcoming and supportive of Navistar as we near completion on our truck manufacturing facility,” said Rod Spencer, San Antonio plant manager, Navistar. “We are excited to partner with Alamo Colleges on establishing a training program specific to supporting our manufacturing needs. This tailored program will allow future Navistar employees to start on our new manufacturing line on day one, ensuring that our San Antonio site will hit the ground running.”

Alamo Colleges will provide instructional materials and training equipment and Alamo College employees will receive training in-kind to become certified Instructors for Navistar’s future training needs. Upon completion of training, it is anticipated that employees will have increased skills that will result in increased productivity; better responsiveness to technological advances; and increased competitiveness.