A business consortium, consisting of Applied Concepts Inc., ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc., and Networkers Inc. (Gattaca Americas), has partnered with Collin College to provide job training using a $294,190 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit employers in the Richardson and Plano areas.

“Texas is fortunate to have Applied Concepts Inc., ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc., Networkers Inc., and Collin College collaborating to provide workforce training with the assistance of this Skills Development Fund grant," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “This partnership reflects the state’s ongoing commitment to employee development and helping Texas workers increase their skill sets, which leads to successful and rewarding careers.”

This grant will be used to provide custom training to more than 200 new and incumbent workers. Trainees will include marketing specialists; senior compensation and benefits analysts; and web administrators. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $40.88.

“Each of these companies makes an important contribution to our increasingly technological world. We’re especially excited that almost two-thirds of the proposed training hours, made possible by this grant, are IT related courses,” said Collin College District President Dr. H. Neil Matkin. “Thanks to this grant, all training and materials will be provided free of charge.”

The training will be facilitated through the Collin College Center for Workforce and Economic Development, which provides strategic planning and customized training to meet the changing needs of our businesses, community and regional economy.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 356,744 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,356 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2018-19 biennium. Collin and Rockwall County employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may contact Natalie Greenwell with the Collin College Center for Workforce & Economic Development at ngreenwell@collin.edu or 972.985.3768.

Collin College serves more than 55,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,500 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.

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On Oct. 18, 2018, TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez presented a $294,190 Skills Development Fund grant check to representatives from Applied Concepts Inc., ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc., Networkers Inc. (Gattaca Americas), and Collin College. Pictured from left: Gattaca Americas Group President Matt Evelt; Gattaca Americas Executive Vice President, U.S. Group David Findley; Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Business Development Supervisor Brandi Harrison-Trotter; Collin College District President Dr. H. Neil Matkin; Commissioner Alvarez; Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Executive Director David Setzer; ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc. Director of Project Management James Garcia; Gattaca Americas Finance Director, North America Rex Simmons; Gattaca Americas Human Resources Manager Alex Cohen ; Networkers Inc. Sales Sr. Vice President, U.S. Justin Kirkley.

TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez signs a $294,190 Skills Development Fund grant ceremonial check

Photo Credit:  Nick Young, Collin College Photographer