Andres Alacantar, Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission (second from left) is shown presenting a Skills Development Grant for $699,458 to Dan Komnenovich, President and CEO of Aviall, (left) for training for Aviall employees. Also participating in the ceremony at Aviall was Dr. Paul Kelemen, Vice President for Community and Economic Development from North Lake College, who will be coordinating the training services received by Aviall, and Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. The Skills Development Fund is Texas’ premier job–training program providing training dollars for Texas businesses and workers. Administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, local Workforce Development Boards and local economic development partners.
Don Williams, Director of Business and Visitor Services for the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber commented that the Chamber’s Economic Development team will assist a business, a consortium of businesses, or a trade union identify a training need, and then partner with North Lake College to apply for funding from the Texas Workforce Commission to meet the specific training needs. Williams emphasized that this program is available to businesses of all sizes and that North Lake College even provides resources to assist businesses to submit proposals, develop curricula and conduct the training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workers. This program is available for existing businesses in Texas to upgrade the skills of their employees.