Plano Workforce Training

State Training Grants
Plano businesses are eligible for training grants from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills Development Fund. The Skills Development program enables businesses to receive customized training for existing employees or for programs tailored to develop critical skills for new hires.

A business may be eligible to receive a training grant by partnering with a community college, technical college, or other institution of higher learning. Training grants are awarded through the educational community, and are used to define and create training programs geared toward increasing the skills and experience of the local workforce. Programs can be customized for a particular business requirement or to develop new skills for future industry needs.

In fiscal year 2010, Skills Development Fund grants created or upgraded 20,982 jobs, which paid an average hourly wage of $24.44. These grants assisted 207 Texas employers with their customized training needs. For biennium (9/1/2011 - 8/31/2013), TWC has $48 million in Skills Development Funds. Single businesses may receive up to $500,000 in grant funded training or greater amounts when partnered with other companies. 
Collin College's Center for Workforce and Economic Development has received ten Skills Development Fund grants totaling over $9 million. Most recently, the college was awarded $193,000 from the Texas Workforce Commission. This grant is being used to develop a variety of training initiatives for a consortium of Collin County businesses that have requested training for their employees.

TWC recented added the Skills for Small Business grants specifically for businesses of 99 or less employees. The grant funds individual training for employees seeeking to attend scheduled community college workforce development courses.

Collin College's Center for Workforce and Economic Development (CWED) serves as a resource to meet the training demands of business and industry and their team of professionals is ready to deliver customized corporate training to your company. CWED listen to your challenges, analyze your needs, taps into their extensive network of resources, and design solutions to meet your goals. 

Skills for Veterans
The TWC Skills for Veterans initiative dedicates $1 million from the Skills Development Fund to address the training needs of post-9/11 veterans returning home and entering the Texas workforce. Skills for Veterans will enhance the skills of veterans, which will benefit Texas employers. Employers who hire post-9/11 era veterans, especially those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn or Operation Enduring Freedom, may be eligible to participate in this training opportunity. 

All private businesses, including private, nonprofit hospitals, can apply to TWC for training offered by their local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), to upgrade skills of newly hired veterans. We review the applications and work with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees. 

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