Kilgore College was recently awarded a $217,050 Skills Development Fund job training grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.
The college also received an $80,000 gift from Kilgore Economic Development Corporation.
TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs was on hand Jan. 6 to present the check to the college along with KC President Dr. Bill Holda and KISD Superintendent Cara Cooke.
The TWC grant and the KEDC gift will go toward purchasing a complete dual credit welding lab to be housed in a new building under construction at Kilgore High School.
Construction on the new building is expected to wrap up early in 2016.
It will include nine clean-air welding stations that will allow space for 18 students to weld at the same time.
About Ruth R. Hughs:
Ruth Ruggero Hughs is the Commissioner Representing Employers of the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed her to the three-member commission in July 2015. Her term as commissioner expires on Feb. 1, 2021.
As the Commissioner Representing Employers, Commissioner Hughs serves as an advocate for the nearly 500,000 Texas Employers and her office provides a variety of resources including training and assistance with workplace concerns.
Prior to her appointment, Hughs served in the private practice of law and was the owner and managing partner of an award-winning film production company. Prior to her work in the private sector, Hughs served in the Texas Attorney General’s Office as the Director of Defense, managing six of 11 civil litigation divisions and assisting with the management of the other five. Additionally Hughs defended state agencies and employees in civil rights and employment litigation in state and federal courts and provided advice to employers on employment matters.
Hughs was recognized twice as a Rising Star in the legal community by Texas Monthly and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Rutgers Law School.
Hughs lives in Austin with her husband, Greg and their two children.
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