City Name and Name of Workforce Area:
Lubbock, Texas, Workforce Solutions South Plains
Martin Aguirre, Chief Executive Officer
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Mayor Glen Robertson
Food Manufacturing Industry Sector Training Project
The demands of global competition, rapid advances in technology and food safety regulations create both challenges and opportunities for food manufacturers. To support the needs of this industry for a credentialed workforce, Workforce Solutions South Plains assists employers with the cost of training to prepare workers to earn skills certifications in three key areas: Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) Food Safety Manager Certification; Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
South Plains High Demand Job Training Grant
Workforce Solutions South Plains and the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) granted a total of $158,000 to 6 area school districts to assist in enhancing and maximizing the capacity of various Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Workforce Solutions South Plains received $74,000 in grant funds from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the amount was matched dollar for dollar with local economic development funds. “Through this collaboration, we are able to prepare students for future success by providing them training and opportunities in high-demand occupations,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “These partnerships benefit not only the students, but also the community and local employers – everybody wins.”
The South Plains High Demand Job Training Project will facilitate occupational training at the secondary level during the 2015/16 school year to prepare high school seniors for high demand occupations. A projected 190 students will earn a skill certification and/or college credit in the high demand occupations of welder, patient care technician, machinist and general maintenance and repair technician. Funds will be used to cover the costs of accrediting new programs and will increase capacity to enable the schools to train an increased number of students now and in years to come.
Visit the Lorenzo ISD Facebook Page for information on the district’s program. Below, students work with the 10 new welders purchased by Lubbock-Cooper ISD with grant funds.
Community Workforce Partnership
South Plains Center for Productivity and Innovation
The South Plains Center for Productivity and Innovation was an initiative of the Community Workforce Partnership (CWP), a 501(c)(3), made up of a group of local organizations dedicated to meeting the workforce needs of local businesses and industries. The partnering organizations included Workforce Solutions South Plains, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, South Plains College, West Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) and Texas Tech University. The CWP grant, a $372,000 grant awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission to fund incumbent worker training, targeted workers in STEM-related occupations. The project trained 156 workers in Service Business Flow and Simulation, Critical Operations Metrics, Operations and Service Measurements and related topics.
The CWP Board now consists of 15 organizations including district superintendents, Career and Technology Directors, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, South Plains College, West Texas TMAC, the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Texas Tech Unversity, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Workforce Solutions South Plains.