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Texas Workforce Commission
News Release
Thursday, March 08, 2018

AUSTIN ⎯ Sumner Manufacturing, a Southwire Company, is partnering with Houston Community College to provide job training for 144 new and existing workers using a Skills Development Fund Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The $208,493 grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area.

“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman 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."

This grant will be used to provide industry training with focused instruction on advanced robotic welding, mast wire fabrication, mechanical maintenance, powder coating substrate preparation and pipefitting alignment systems techniques. Trainees will include assemblers, machine operators, machinists, painters and general laborers. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $18.94.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 342,428 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,238 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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