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Lamar Institute of Technology
News Release
Friday, July 01, 2011

AUSTIN – Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) has partnered with a consortium of community colleges and several CHRISTUS Health facilities to provide job training using a $1.2 million Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The colleges partnering with LIT include Lone Star College, San Jacinto College and Houston Community College. The health care facilities partnering in the grant include CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital in Katy, CHRISTUS St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay and CHRISTUS Hospital-St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.

The grant will be used to custom train 1,586 new and incumbent workers to address clinical skills deficiencies and improve retention among health care professionals. Some of the benefits of the training will include more accurate medical coding, improved claims cycle times with insurance companies, better maintenance of information technology systems, improved patient safety and enhanced job security for trainees. Those trained will include nurses, medical and health service managers, and various medical technicians. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $29.82.

“Our Skills Development Fund grants serve everyone well,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Workers get the specialized training they need and the communities benefit from a more highly skilled workforce.”

Texas Workforce Commission (512) 463-8942 • • Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Relay Texas: 1-800-735-2988 (TDD) or 711 (Voice)

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, Skills Development Fund grants created or upgraded

26,718 jobs, which paid an average hourly wage of $26.07. These grants assisted 207 Texas employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature appropriated $90 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2010-11 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

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