KC accepting applications from qualified displaced workers for free retraining, skill upgrade classes

The Kilgore College Workforce Development-Continuing Education (WDCE) department recently announced its Texas Talent Connection (II) Grant has been extended to Jan. 31, 2020 to accept applications from qualified displaced workers wanting to take advantage of tuition-free classes in one of three industry areas.

Certificates offered include Commercial Driving (CDL); Industrial and Residential Electrical Technology; and Human Resource Specialist.

Offered at no charge thanks to the $500,000 grant, the funds are awarded annually by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) using Wagner-Peyser 7(b) federal funds.

To qualify for the tuition-free courses, individuals must be “displaced” in that they’ve been laid off because their employer closed a plant or division; moved or abolished their position; or had insufficient work for them.  Some service members who left the military might also qualify.

Displaced workers must also reside within the 14-county Workforce Solutions East Texas Board to be eligible for acceptance.

Counties included in the grant include Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

KC is also collaborating with Workforce Solutions to provide job placement services for qualified candidates.

“With so many displaced workers in the East Texas area needing workforce training, we are thrilled to receive this grant.  Displaced workers who meet the qualifications will have a tuition-free opportunity to obtain cutting-edge technology skills through these training courses.  These learned skills can potentially lead to exciting career opportunities that produce living-wage compensation,” said Martha Woodruff, KC's WDCE director.

This is the second time KC has been awarded by the TWC with Wagner-Peyser 7(b) program funds for workforce training and job placement services.

The college was first awarded in 2016 with a $500,000 Wagner-Peyser 7(b) grant that provided 100 displaced workers with tuition-free courses.

To apply for the tuition-free classes or for more information, call 903-983-8288.