Category: Workforce Program

Quickstart plus program starts in Sept at Galveston College

New Quickstart+ programs set to launch this fall

Galveston College has received a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to offer new Quickstart+ training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The first cohort of the Electrical Helper program will begin Sept. 21.

Career Navigator Sharon Levy Pagan will be moving to the Continuing Education department to coordinate and serve as job placement navigator for the program. Her office will remain at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant. the Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

• be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
• be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
• meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
• have a working computer and internet access.
• have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Job Placement Navigator Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.
Sharon Pagan

Sharon Pagan and Joseph Terrell

Workforce Programs Career Fair is May 30

The Galveston College Workforce Programs Career Fair is set for Thursday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

To date, 22 employers from the region are scheduled to participate in the event, which focuses on career opportunities for students in career-technical programs. Employers include the following:

  • Action Personnel
  • UTMB Health
  • Moody Gardens
  • The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center
  • The Meridian Retirement Community
  • Orchard Park at Victory Lakes
  • Bayou Pines Care Center
  • Port of Galveston
  • TRC
  • PeopleReady
  • Turner Industries
  • Broome Welding
  • CBRE
  • Hotel Galvez and Spa
  • Advanced Refrigeration
  • Lulu’s
  • Industrial Material Corporation
  • South Coast Fabrication
  • Daikin
  • Galveston Electrical-Local Union 527

The career fair allows candidates and employers to communicate on a personal and face-to-face basis. It also provides opportunities for students to connect with potential employers and discover career information regarding summer or permanent, full-time positions.

Participants will have opportunities to complete applications for employment or admissions. Employers also welcome candidates with resumes.

Sharon Levy Pagan, Galveston College career navigator at the Applied Technology Center, is available to assist students in creating resumes by appointment.

For more information about the career fair or to schedule a resume review appointment,

call her at (409) 944-1410 or email spagan@gc.edu.

Skills Development Fund Grant Award Announcement by the Texas Workforce Commission at Galveston College on Monday, Aug. 20

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions partners with Galveston College for $60,926 job-training grant

 

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions has partnered with Galveston College to provide job training using a $60,926 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area.

“The partnership between Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions and Galveston College on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Our labor force is among the most talented and skilled in the world, and we continue to seek and implement strategies to improve the skills of Texas workers.”

This grant will be used to provide custom training to 34 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on transportation and warehousing. Trainees will include accessory installers, body shop supervisors and inspectors. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $19.58.

“We are fortunate to have a state-supported Skills Development Fund that provides local customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and their workers to increase skill levels and wages,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “We are so excited to be one of the 2018 grantees for this initiative to provide training opportunities for our partner WWS right here in Galveston.”

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 356,744 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,356 employers with their customized training needs. The Texas Legislature allocated $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2018-19 biennium.

Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/skills.

 

Above: Julian Alvarez (fourth from left), commissioner representing labor with the Texas Workforce Commission, presents Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions and Galveston College with a check for $60,926 Monday for skills development training. Present for the ceremony were (from left) Regent Ray Lewis, JoeAnn Nicholas and Dr. Rebecca Stout of Galveston College Continuing Education, Elise Noordam and Tracy Murillo with WWS, President Dr. Myles Shelton with Galveston College, Kristina DeWitty with Texas Workforce Solutions and Regent Armin Cantini. Galveston College is currently working with WWS to help upskill 34 people in jobs in logistics in the Port of Galveston. Employees are working to receive their MSSC certification in logistics, along with technical training for handling BMW’s cars, OSHA safety and business leadership training.  Funding for this program was awarded by TWC and the Skills Development Fund.