VC seeking small businesses to train through Texas Workforce Commission program

Victoria College is reaching out to small businesses to offer skills training through the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills for Small Business program.

The program provides training funds for businesses with less than 100 employees. Training may include both technical and soft skills, such as computer operation, leadership, welding training and more. Classes can be taught on site, online or at a Victoria College facility.

“The program supports businesses by covering the cost of tuition and fees for training opportunities for both new and incumbent employees,” said Rachel Nessel, assistant director for workforce and continuing education at VC. “TWC will provide up to $1,800 for new employees and $900 for incumbent employees per calendar year to receive training relevant to the individuals’ job position and industry.”

According to Nessel, the application process for grant funding has been streamlined, and some of the more limiting restrictions common to large grant applications have been eliminated. There are no minimum or maximum employees that may be included, no lengthy written proposal is necessary, and applications may now be submitted by individual businesses directly to TWC via email or fax.

“Employees who attend training must be full-time and earn at least prevailing wages in the local labor market,” Nessel said. “The Skills for Small Business application is very simple and can be submitted directly to the Texas Workforce Commission. I am also happy to assist companies with determining if their employees meet prevailing wage or which courses to include in the application.”

TWC processes the applications and works with Victoria College to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.

“We are grateful Victoria College worked with our company to provide this opportunity,” said Danielle Moran, owner of CRC Oilfield Services in Gonzales. “The college and the instructor developed a welding class designed specifically for our needs. The instructor even went so far as to contact a company that provides skills testing for welders. The instructor developed a plan based on the skills our company required. The program was wonderful, and the instructor was great.”

Other businesses that have utilized the program are Victoria’s Sparkman Industries for management and computer training, Victoria’s klean corp international for office training and Victoria’s K&S Machine for machine shop mathematics.

“Businesses can apply for any training that is relevant to their employees’ job tasks,” Nessel said. “For example, an administrative assistant could benefit from Microsoft Excel training, a manager could benefit from leadership and management training, and an electrical apprentice could benefit from electrical training. The Texas Workforce Commission’s hope is that after completion of this training, the employees will be more skilled and valued and more likely to advance in their career paths.”

Businesses interested in taking advantage of this opportunity can contact Nessel at (361) 582-2575 or



Published: Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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