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New Training Program in Kilgore

'I'm excited for the people of East Texas,'
-Kilgore Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Amanda Nobles
 
The Kilgore College Workforce Development Department has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Texas Workforce Commission Investment Council’s Wagner-Peyser 7(b) Grant Program that will be used to pay tuition for select classes for 100 area displaced workers.
 
Candidates who apply and meet certain qualifications through KC Workforce Development can take tuition-free courses at KC in advanced welding, transportation (CDL) and industrial electrical technology.  To qualify for the tuition-free courses, individuals must be “displaced” in that they’ve been laid off because their employer closed a plant or division; moved or abolished their position; or simply had insufficient work for them; as well as some service members who leave the military.
 
Wagner-Peyser 7(b) grants, according to the Texas Workforce Commission website, are federal funds allocated to each state’s office of the governor each year to fund workforce training and job placement services.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 7 million American workers have been displaced from long-term jobs since 2008.
 
For more information on the grant, or to apply for one of the 100 student positions, call Brenda Brown at 903-983-8288 or visit www.kilgore.edu/wdce.