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San Jacinto College
News Release
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Texas Workforce Commission awards San Jacinto College
nearly $300,000 for health care training

PASADENA, Texas – The Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division of San Jacinto College (SJC) has been awarded nearly $300,000 from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills Development Fund to provide training for health care careers, specifically in the area of medical coding.

TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar signed and presented the check at a reception held Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the San Jacinto College District administration office. The $290,989 grant will create eight jobs and upgrade 206 jobs, improving the workforce skills of medical coding personnel, which has gone digital, in the business practice of today’s medical offices.

“The Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”

The grant proposal by San Jacinto College is also in collaboration with a consortium of 10 medical offices in the Houston area. Formed under the leadership of Ms. Kathy Hughes, executive director at the Houston Metropolitan Health Network, the collaborative group worked with the College to secure the funding with the goal of expanding and improving their employee’s skills, meeting future patient needs, and keeping their offices of physicians and other health practitioners running smoothly. The Gulf Coast Workforce Board lists physician’s offices as targeted industries because of the forecast growth in employment through 2018.

“The health care industry continues to be a leader in job creation not only in the Houston area, but nationwide as well,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “With the assistance of the Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund, we are helping students obtain certifications that will enhance their value and skills in doctor’s offices throughout the region.”

The grant will help to develop curriculum, purchase equipment, and implement training so that San Jacinto College is ready to meet the needs of the thousands of new workers estimated in the next decade. According to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the need for highly trained medical coding personnel is expected to peak at 50,000 new jobs nationally by 2014 when all medical records will have to be digitized.

Private partners and their employees who are members of the consortium, and partners in this grant, include: Rod Jay Turner, M.D., P.A.; Conrad A. Fischer, M.D.; NASA Bone and Joint Specialists, LLP; Donna Sue Dolle, M.D., P.A.; Cardiovascular Associates of Clear Lake, P.A.; Carson T. Lo, M.D.; Children’s Clinic of Katy; Oncology Consultants, P.A.; Orthopedic Interventions, L.L.C.; and Rahul Prakash, M.D., P.A. These members will also provide templates for future training for other members of the health care network to use, maximizing the financial investment awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission.

In fiscal year 2010, TWC 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

The CPD division of San Jacinto College offers programs and courses for individuals to retain or advance in their jobs, or make career transitions. The CPD division provides training to companies and their employees to meet employers’ demands for a highly skilled workforce, while helping incumbent workers reach their potential. For more information about CPD, please call 281-476-1839, or visit

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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