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For Immediate Release August 18, 2003

Grant Funds Jobs and Training

The Texas Workforce Commission awarded a $657,000 grant to Brookhaven College in partnership with JP Morgan Global Investor Services in Carrollton and Washington Mutual National Commercial Operations Center in Frisco to train 500 employees. More than 250 new jobs are expected to be created, and 250 current employees will receive training from this funding.

"We know that as a state we will only be successful if we can meet the needs of businesses," said Diane Rath, Chair and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas Workforce Commission. Rath said the partnerships the commission has with community colleges and Texas businesses is a good way to generate benefit for all involved.

The Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund is designed to help businesses customize job training programs in partnership with a community or technical college and a higher education extension agency. Rath said the $657,000 grant would fund training for positions ranging from financial analysts to production managers to secretarial staff, with the average pay rate being $27 per hour.

"As the community's college, we have a significant role in developing the workforce and creating the environment in which employers and employees can flourish," said Mary Brumbach, vice president for resource and economic development at Brookhaven College. "Our flexibility and adaptability in designing and implementing customized job training has helped to bring major companies to this area through strong working relationships with the City of Farmers Branch Economic Development and the City of Carrollton Economic Development."

Gillian Van Schaick, vice president and program office manager for JP Morgan Global Investor Services in Dallas, said the company appreciated the support of its partners in training their employees. This is the second grant for JP Morgan, part of the incentive package crafted by the department of economic development in Farmers Branch for the company's transfer from Manhattan.

When JP Morgan Investor Services announced the creation of a technology, accounting and securities processing center in Dallas, the company listed improving operational efficiencies, increasing technological innovation and providing capacity as reasons for the move. The training opportunities provided with this grant should help the company accomplish each of these goals.

In the last 12 months, Stuart Miles, senior vice president for Washington Mutual, said that employees in the Dallas area had received more than 11,000 hours of training. He said the training center was part of what attracted the company to expand in the Dallas area. In January, Fortune recognized Washington Mutual on the magazine list of "100 Best Companies to Work For," after surveying company employees. The company's expansion into Texas has brought high paying customer service and operations positions into the state.

Both Van Schaick and Miles thanked the Texas Workforce Commission for the support this grant funding represents. Diane Rath called the grant an investment in Texas.

 Brookhaven College, a member of the Dallas County Community College District, is located in the city of Farmers Branch, just north of the LBJ Freeway (IH-635) at 3939 Valley View Lane between Midway Road and Marsh Lane.

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Brookhaven College is one of the seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation.  Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.


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Last Updated: Sept.9, 2003