Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas is helping folks in Baird train for their next — or their first — job, thanks to a grant through the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Abilene community also is benefiting from a grant, albeit one that is less lucrative.
The grant heading to the Baird community is $145,400, called the High Demand Job Training grant. Abilene is receiving a $37,500 Texas Industry Partnership grant.
In Baird, equipment and job training will be provided each semester for 20 Baird ISD students looking for work as welders and fabricators.
Abilene’s grant will allow for an analysis of industry sectors to evaluate the labor shed, workforce trends, skill requirements, training availability and correlation of training to business needs for the area, according to a news release announcing the grant awards.
“The competition for skilled workers is high which is why Texas Industry Partnership and High Demand Job Training grants are so important to local workers,” Julian Alvarez, the TWC Commissioner Representing Labor, said in the release. “Thanks to collaborations between local Workforce Solutions offices, economic development corporations and education partners, our labor force will get the experience and training necessary to pursue long-term careers in the region.”
Scholarships for 2 ACU students
A regional scholarship program has recognized two Abilene Christian University juniors studying political science.
Thomas Sanderson, of El Paso, and J.D. Schlageter, of New Braunfels, were named At-Large Sumners Scholars, through the Sumners Foundation, and will each receive $30,000 toward their final two years of undergraduate study.
Qualifying students for the award must demonstrate academic excellence and be dedicated to civic education and engagement while possessing leadership qualities, according to an ACU news release announcing the scholarships.
These scholarships are provided to either students from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico or Oklahoma, or attending a college or university in Texas or Oklahoma.
A total of 17 scholarships were awarded to students this year.
McMurry alum takes on new role
Michael Hutchison is McMurry University’s new vice president for institutional advancement, a position aimed at fundraising and alumni engagement, the university said in a news release.
He will begin his role Tuesday.
A 1984 graduate of McMurry, Hutchison has served in administrative roles schools including Austin, Hendrix and Millsaps colleges and brought success to each, McMurry University President Sandra Harper said in the release.
Most recently, Hutchison has served as president of the Friendship Foundation in Russellville, Arkansas.
Timothy Chipp covers education and is general assignments reporter for the Abilene Reporter-News. If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.