Private/Public partnership to help train Houston’s workforce
To address a shortage of highly trained workers, Houston Community College and JPMorgan Chase will expand their efforts to supply skilled-workforce graduates for the Greater Houston Area. HCC has received a grant of $75,000 from JPMorgan Chase Foundation in support of workforce education enhancement. The check was presented to the Board of Trustees at the August 15 meeting.
The grant will be used to elevate current manufacturing workforce curriculums so they are in alignment with credentialed skills relevant to employers. Adding to the traditional education curriculum, the industry certifications provide not only an additional credential to the student, but also serve as an independent assessment which validates a student’s skills and knowledge acquired during training at HCC. Workforce education will be enhanced across multiple sites and departments involved in manufacturing and trades program delivery at HCC through the addition of relevant industry certifications. Considering the growing demand for trained and skilled workforce with industry-recognized credentials, JPMorgan Chase and HCC are committed to helping Houston create new jobs and build better lives for its residents.
“Chase is pleased to support HCC in expanding its talent pipeline to serve our energy and manufacturing industries. As a result of this grant, HCC graduates will have the industry-certified skills they need to successfully secure high-wage, high-demand jobs. It’s a win for HCC’s aspiring and hard-working students, a win for local companies, and a win for Houston’s economy,” said Gina Luna, Chairman, Houston Region and CEO, Middle Market Commercial Banking, Houston Region with JPMorgan Chase. Luna also serves as co-chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Regional Workforce Task Force that has been formed to address local worker shortages.
This is the largest single grant HCC has received from JPMorgan Chase and is the hopeful new beginning of a long and mutually beneficial public and private partnership to advance workforce efforts. JPMorgan Chase is dedicated to helping individuals access the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to compete in a global economy on the continuum from middle and high school to higher education and a career. This coincides with HCC’s mission to extend its services to younger students to reinforce the benefits of a two-year degree. Through affordable education and generous grants and donations, HCC continues to serve an increasing number of students who possess the drive and ability to learn the skills needed for high-demand jobs.
“We are grateful for the support of JPMorgan Chase to advance our educational outreach on behalf of workforce development and to provide a trained and skilled workforce with industry-recognized credentials,” said Renee Byas, Acting Chancellor, Houston Community College.
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