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For Immediate Release

DALLAS- A training grant awarded to Brookhaven College and the Jefferson Physicians Group is focused on adding and improving jobs. The Texas Workforce Commission announced the Skills Development Fund grant totaling $370,279 earlier this week. The college will provide training to upgrade the skills of more than 230 current employees for increased opportunities, and to add as many as 100 new positions. The grant will pay for training for this consortium of physicians group at doctors' offices throughout the area.

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. Courses offered to workers will focus on practice management and includes courses in medical coding, accounting, accounts payable/receivable, coding certification, customer service, scheduling, and computer system. Wages for the new and upgraded positions will range from $12.77-19.31 per hour.

"Brookhaven College and the Jefferson Physicians' group, through the relationship build by the Skills Development Fund, will create or enhance nearly 350 jobs in the North Texas area," said Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce training. "This training agreement will impact the lives of families in our community; first through the organization and its employees, next by those who will be trained for a new job position, then by the college which will be able to offer these training programs to other institutions, and finally by the patients who will receive the medical care. The positive impact and implications of this grant opportunity on our community are expansive and should not be understated or underestimated."

Since the Skills Development Fund's inception in 1996, Brookhaven College has received 14 grants in partnership with a variety of businesses throughout the area. The college partnered with Jefferson Physicians Group, in 2006 on a $550,000 Skills Development Fund grant to offer more than 32,000 hours of training to the group's medical consortium.

Jefferson Physician Group, http://www.jeffersonmed.com/, is an independent practice association focused on meeting the needs of primary care physicians. One of the organization's goals is to provide tools to run a successful, sound, independent practice. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC Web site at www.texasworkforce.org.

Brookhaven College offers associate degrees and certificates for college credit along with noncredit programs for workforce training and continuing education and is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution. The college is located at 3939 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. For additional information about the college and its programs, go to www.BrookhavenCollege.edu.




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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

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