TSTC Develops Framework For New Workforce Training Initiative

HARLINGEN (November 27, 2012)--Gov. Rick Perry has announced a new workforce training initiative that aims to fast-track education for people with skills and real-world experience but without formal certification.

Texas State Technical Institute is providing the framework for the initiative, Perry said, and the first classes are scheduled to begin next September on TSTC campuses in Harlingen and East Williamson County.

Perry said Tuesday that the Skilled Workforce Initiative would seek to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in areas such as advanced manufacturing with people who already have some training and experience, including military veterans and displaced workers.

Perry says that by assessing those students' skills and giving them credit for what they already know, the time to achieve certification can be cut dramatically.

Less time will mean less cost as well, he said.

“Over the past decade, Texas has established a jobs-friendly environment that has powered our economic engine and attracted major employers in various growing industries, leading to increased demand for certified, high-skilled workers,” Perry said.

“The framework for technical training we’re putting in place will enable workers to earn their technical certifications fast, at an affordable cost, and targeted to specific skills that are needed by industries,” he said.

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