Southeast Texas Receives $100,000 Texas Industry Partnership Grant
Pictured at the Texas Industry Partnership check presentation are
(left to right) Brenda Schofield, Ryan Magee, Bill Nickum, Marilyn Smith,
Sue Daniels, and TWC Commissioner Aaron Demerson.
Press Release BEAUMONT, TX (Dec 20, 2019) Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas
and Entergy Texas have partnered with the Region 5 Education Service Center to
provide local out-of-school youth with education and training -- including paid
work experience in the energy, petroleum and chemical products industries.
The program is part of the Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) initiative contract
from the Texas Workforce Commission for $100,000 and another $100,000 from Entergy Texas.
The funds are used by Region 5 Education Service Center, under the guidance of Brenda Schofield,
to operate the local Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program. They operate the only out-of-school
JAG program in Texas and while the program has received a number of awards, they most importantly
have successfully changed many lives.
Marilyn Smith, executive director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas, stated
this grant is a leading example of how workforce and industry can come together to create
real opportunity for area job seekers. "The skills training and paid work experience
offered through this program will help local individuals learn valuable job skills and
earn experience that qualify them for high-growth and high-demand jobs."
Ryan McGee, manager of Industrial Accounts, with Entergy Texas, also commented that
"Entergy is proud to sponsor the JAG program and that it is necessary to cultivate our
local workforce with programs like JAG in order to match our unprecedented growth."
In presenting the grant to local Workforce Solutions board members, TWC Commissioner
Representing Employers, Aaron Demerson stated, "Texas is fortunate to have Workforce
Solutions Southeast Texas, Entergy, and Region 5 ESC collaborating to provide workforce
training with assistance of this Texas Industry Partnership grant. This partnership
reflects an ongoing commitment from this community that will continue to benefit individuals
in the Southeast Texas area."
For additional information regarding the TIP initiative, please visit the Texas Industry
Partnership Program webpage or call us at 1-409-719-4750.