Donovan Industrial Service LLC, South Hampton Resources Partner with Lamar State College-Orange for $342,962 Job-Training Grant

Donovan Industrial Service LLC and South Hampton Resources have partnered with Lamar State College-Orange to provide job training using a $342,962 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The grant will be used to custom train 162 new and incumbent workers and will improve safety, emergency response times, plant operations and knowledge of government regulations. Those trained will include operators, mechanics and logistics specialists. Upon completion of training, the workers will earn an average hourly wage of $23.57.

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar presents a Skills Development Fund grant check to representatives from Lamar State College-Orange and their employer partners. Pictured from left to right are: Lamar State College-Orange (LSC) President Dr. J. Michael Shahan, South Hampton Resources PSM Coordinator Thomas Gage, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Executive Director Marilyn Smith, LSCO Continuing and Workforce Education Director Lisa Cowart, Chairman Alcantar, LSCO Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Joe Kirkland, Donovan Industrial Service LLC President Donovan Weldon, District Coordinator for State Sen. Tommy Williams Jennifer Pate, Donovan Industrial Service LLC Representative Bobbie Weldon.

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar presents a Skills Development Fund grant check to representatives from Lamar State College-Orange and their employer partners. Pictured from left to right are: Lamar State College-Orange (LSC) President Dr. J. Michael Shahan, South Hampton Resources PSM Coordinator Thomas Gage, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Executive Director Marilyn Smith, LSCO Continuing and Workforce Education Director Lisa Cowart, Chairman Alcantar, LSCO Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Joe Kirkland, Donovan Industrial Service LLC President Donovan Weldon, District Coordinator for State Sen. Tommy Williams Jennifer Pate, Donovan Industrial Service LLC Representative Bobbie Weldon.

“The Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”

From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2011, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 266,000 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 3,790 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature appropriated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2012-13 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at http://skills.texasworkforce.org.

Lamar State College-Orange contact: Amanda Corbell, director of marketing, 409-882-3345 or Amanda.Rowell@LSCO.edu.