TWC awards $275,402 grant to train 154 workers in manufacturing

PASADENA, Texas –E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company and Kaneka North America LLC have partnered with San Jacinto College to provide job training using a $275,402 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

This grant will be used to provide custom training to 154 new and incumbent workers for industry-related jobs such as plant and systems operators, first line supervisors, chemical technicians and utility operators. 

Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an hourly wage of $34.13, according to the average wage of the two company partners. “When you take the time out to invest in your people, it’s always rewarding,” said Alvin Proctor, Vice President, The Kaneka Foundation, Kaneka North America LLC. “We’ve sent many of our employees to San Jacinto College for training, and we appreciate the partnership.”

Ed Flanagan, plant manager with DuPont, said veteran employees are looking to retire over the next few years at DuPont, and a new generation of workers will be needed with skill sets that include today’s technological advances. 

“We have a lot of people in the plant who were a part of the startup group, and they’ve seen the technology change over the years,” said Flanagan. “In the course of that migration their skill sets have changed. That’s why this training is so valuable to us.”

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 342,428 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,238 employers with their customized training needs.

“The partnership of this consortium and San Jacinto College on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public, Chairman Andres Alcantar, in a prepared statement. “Our labor force is among the most talented and skilled in the world, and we continue to seek and implement strategies to improve the skills of Texas workers."

Only DuPont and Kaneka employees are eligible for this grant opportunity. To find out more about grant-funded training opportunities through San Jacinto College, visit Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

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