CK Technologies, LLC Partners with Texas Southmost College for $361,033 Job-Training Grant

Date: April 10, 2018

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ CK Technologies, LLC and Texas Southmost College have partnered to provide job training using a $361,033 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Cameron area.

Photos from the event can be downloaded from TWC’s Flickr page.

“Along with my colleagues and TWC Labor Commissioner Alvarez, I want to thank CK Technologies for teaming up with Texas Southmost College to train South Texas workers,” said state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. “It’s great to see local businesses and educational institutions joining forces to help workers gain valuable skill sets.”

“I’m delighted to join my cohorts and Commissioner Alvarez in presenting this job training grant,” said state Rep. René Oliveira. “As job growth expands statewide, training of this nature helps drive the Rio Grande Valley economy and highlights our area’s commitment to a skilled workforce.”

“This Skills grant is one of several recently awarded by TWC to schools and businesses in our region,” said state Rep. Eddie Lucio III. “It demonstrates a proven model of successful partnerships that spur economic development."

“The partnership between CK Technologies and Texas Southmost College on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “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.”

This grant will be used to provide custom training to 196 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on operating custom robotics and mechatronic equipment. Trainees will include machine operators, set-up technicians and materials specialists. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $16.38.

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 Legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

Texas Southmost College contact: Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Community Relations Melinda Rodriguez,, 956-295-3694 (office) or 512-587-0920 (cell)


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