Lone Star College has been awarded about $1.3 million in employee training grants by the Texas Workforce Commission, according to a Dec. 13 news release from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.

The overview

The Skills Development Fund grants will be used to train more than 650 employees for Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, AmeriTex Machine & Fabrication, McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and Tenaris, according to the release.

“The Skills Development Fund is important to the Texas economy because it supports market-driven, local prioritization of workforce and business needs,” TWC Chair Bryan Daniel said via the release. “Community partners like Lone Star College excel in providing programs that reskill and upskill employees to fill critical, in-demand jobs.”

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TWC’s skill development grant program was created in 1996 and has been used to “upgrade or support the creation of” more than 420,000 jobs through 4,800 employers, according to the release.

TWC provides these services through partnerships with public community and technical colleges, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and workforce development boards, according to the release.