Ranger College received a Skills for Small Business grant to provide training identified by area business and industry. The training was provided at no cost to the qualifying industry. Training topics may include certification-based training such as forklift operator, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), QuickBooks, welding, machining and hydraulics.

Ranger put that grant to work in Brown County.

“The ability to compete for specific contracts require we provide and document required certification-based training, such as HAZMAT [hazardous material] and respiratory protection” said Domingo Perez, CEO of Diamond P Enterprises. “Ranger College scheduled the grant-funded training in a weekend format, which allowed our employees to take advantage of the course. Gaining the HAZMAT certifications allowed us the opportunity to retain existing jobs, and add new employees. In addition, this training allows additional opportunities in today’s global market for our expansion into the distribution and warehousing for manufacturers and vendors nationwide.”

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills for Small Business program helps businesses with less than 100 employees train new workers or upgrade the skills of current workers. Since the program began, TWC has allocated $2 million in funding to support collaborations between Workforce Solutions partners and small businesses.