Community Learning Center Receives $424,181 Self-Sufficiency Fund Grant

Date: August 8, 2017

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Community Learning Center Inc (CLC) a $424,181 Self-Sufficiency Fund training grant. CLC is partnering with Sabre Industries, Branch Ironworks and 1st Call Business Employment to help 202 individuals transition into the workforce. The grant will help provide job training skills for occupations as a welder, computer numerically control machinist and shipping, receiving and traffic clerk. Grant funding from the Self-Sufficiency Fund will assist in developing the technical education and learning environment that will lead to industry recognized certificates and credentials.

“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”

The Self-Sufficiency Fund provides funding to eligible training providers including nonprofit 501(c)(3) community-based organizations, Texas public community or technical colleges or the Texas Engineering Extension Service. The Self-Sufficiency Fund pays for curriculum development, instructor fees and certifications, training materials, certain work-related expenses for trainees and some training equipment for the six targeted industry clusters, including construction, logistics and transportation. Thus far in fiscal year 2017, the Self-Sufficiency Fund grants awarded over $2.1 million dollars to train 1,127 Texans.

A team of experts from TWC’s Office of Employer Initiatives provides technical assistance at no charge to help streamline Self-Sufficiency Fund project development. The Outreach and Project Development Consultants work directly with grant applicants and training providers, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners throughout the development of the project to ensure that participants receive specific, customized training that is required for occupations. For more information, contact the Outreach and Project Development Consultants at 877-463-1777, or locate resources on the TWC’s Self-Sufficiency Fund webpage.

CLC contact: Program Lead Thomas Palmer, 512-705-1669 or


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