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The Houston Launch Pad Receives $311,828 Self Sufficiency Fund Grant

Date: March. 20, 2019

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

AUSTIN⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded The Houston Launch Pad a $311,828 Self Sufficiency Fund training grant to help 150 individuals transition into the workforce. The grant will help provide job training skills for occupations such as drywall installer, carpenter and construction general laborer. 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.

“We cannot grow as a state unless we provide for those who are currently underserved and underrepresented,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert Thomas. “With this Self Sufficiency grant, The Houston Launch Pad does just that, it provides essential opportunities to ensure every Texan has the potential to achieve their American dream.” 

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 targeted industry clusters. In fiscal year 2018, the Self Sufficiency Fund grant program awarded over $1.9 million dollars to train 919 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, customizedtraining.solutions@twc.texas.gov or locate resources on the TWC’s Self Sufficiency Fund webpage.

The Houston Launch Pad contact: Program Director, Prentice Goods 281-507-6742 or pdgoods11@yahoo.com

Photos from the event can be downloaded from our Flickr page.


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