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PJC, Kimberly-Clark partner for worker training

Published or Revised September 01, 2006


Paris Junior College President Dr. Pamela Anglin, left, and Paris Kimberly-Clark Plant Manager Charles Lynch, center, receive a “large” grant check of over $333,000 from Commissioner Ronny Congleton of the Texas Workforce Commission.

Paris Junior College has partnered with Kimberly-Clark Corp. to provide job training utilizing a $333,102 Skills Development Fund grant that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) administers.

The grant, announced Thursday at PJC, will be used to train workers for 830 upgraded jobs as engineers, engineering managers and technicians, business operations specialists and machine operators, among others.

In a separate presentation, the North East Texas Workforce Board presented Kimberly-Clark an in-kind grant totaling $28,944 that will provide eight weeks of training of incumbent workers through local activity.

“I would like to thank all the people who are responsible for obtaining and administering these grants,” said Kimberly-Clark Plant Manager Charles Lynch. “All of you understand what it takes to be successful - to be a part of a global company.

“It takes a skilled workforce - one that is dedicated and properly trained. To do that today, it requires partnerships like we have with Paris Junior College, the Texas Workforce Commission and the North East Texas Workforce Board.”

Ronny Congleton, commissioner representing labor for the Texas Workforce Commission, said the grant he was presenting to Paris Junior College is part of the state’s effort to help train workers and sustain jobs in Texas.

“This grant is about training and giving skills to folks who can improve their positions in the workforce,” Congleton before presenting the grant.

PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin said the training, which will be conducted over the next year, is a great opportunity for PJC, with the assistance from the Texas Workforce Commission, to reach out and help industry retain and train its workforce.

“We are pleased that we can work with Kimberly-Clark and other local industry to improve the employment and economic well-being of this community,” Anglin said.

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