The official presentation of two Skills Development Fund grants totaling more than $320,000 was made on Nov. 10 to two local companies, in partnership with Brookhaven College.
Commissioner Andres Alcantar signed two huge symbolic checks for representatives from each company. Diana Hill, director of client services for Luis A. Mignucci, M.D., P.A, and Medical Providers International, and, Shirley Kretz, chief operations officer, American Pain and Wellness, represented Dallas Area Medical Consortium and accepted the check for $199,801. Melanee Dickinson, organizational development and training manager, represented Air System Components, and accepted a check for $120,837.
The Dallas Area Medical Consortium funds will support the creation of 27 new positions and training for 230 current workers. Brookhaven College’s Workforce and Continuing Education Division will provide training in medical coding, front office, Microsoft Office, OSHA, X-Ray technology, pharmacology and CPR. The year-long training will improve job opportunities for the employees of independent family physicians and specialty healthcare practices. The practices are experiencing a shortage of trained medical personnel.
Air System Components expects to add six new jobs and improve positions for 120 current employees with training in the latest technology and software. Air System Components Inc. is a market-leading supplier of heating, air conditioning and ventilation system components for commercial and residential applications. The courses selected represent the greatest training needs for ASC and will be customized to the strengths and weaknesses assessed in their current staff and those anticipated with new hires during the grant period.
“We have four grant programs in place now with the addition of these two,” said Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce training, “and we plan to add more in the coming months. These grants and this training will help our local businesses and their employees grow, advance and prosper and impact our community.
The grant is funded through the TWC's Skills Development Fund, which supports customized training programs designed to add new jobs and improve job skills for incumbent workers. Jefferson Physicians Group and Essilor of America, Inc. have current grant programs running, and the college has an additional 72 Institutional Training Agreements to train 18 employees displaced by a company relocation.
Since the Skills Development Fund's inception in 1996, Brookhaven College has received 15 grants in partnership with a variety of businesses throughout the area.