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Lamar Institute of Technology
News Release
Thursday, June 23, 2011

LIT will receive largest grant in its history from the Texas Workforce Commission


BEAUMONT – Lamar Institute of Technology will receive its largest TWC grant in its history on June 30 when Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Ronald G. Congleton presents officials with a check for $1.2 million.


Chairman Congleton will make the presentation at 10 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Conference Center on the campus of LIT.


LIT is the fiscal agent for this Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund Healthcare Consortium Grant. The consortium is composed of LIT, San Jacinto College, Lone Star College, Houston Community College and CHRISTUS Hospital (St. Elizabeth and St. Mary), CHRISTUS Gulf Coast (St. Catherine and St. John) and CHRISTUS Corporate Support Center.


The purpose of the grant is to provide critical healthcare training to more than 1,500 employees of the CHRISTUS Healthcare System over a 15-month period.


The training that all four colleges will provide will assist the CHRISTUS Healthcare System by offering industry-specific courses geared toward professional development in nursing, allied health and healthcare administration.


The outcomes will include:

  • Skills training in Health Informatics, Medical Coding and Medical Terminology to help improve the claims cycle process with the insurance companies.
  • Improving the bottom-line profits for CHRISTUS due to industry specific training.
  • Helping workers receive healthcare provider cards that are valid for 2-4 years.
  • Providing job/career security to trainees which is essential in the current economic conditions.
  • Skills training that will help LIT gain knowledge through “Train the Trainer” processes to start a registered LVN program.
  • Applying for a new LVN program license by LIT. 

By offering these courses, LIT will be able to address the needs of other healthcare facilities in the region by providing them with courses necessary to keep up with the dynamic nature of the industry. The training provided will not only meet the current industry needs, but will also provide for the training of future generations of the workforce to overcome the systemic challenges identified in this grant application.

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