College partnership to benefit veterans

October 22, 2014

Photo Illustration by Kevin Osborn / Tejano Tribune

Staff Sergeant. Kenneth Osborn




Luis Rodriguez



El Paso Community College has been chosen to take part in the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) $4.3 million Veteran and Industry Partnership (VIP).


VIP is an initiative to create jobs and provide training for veterans within the state’s high-demand industries such as the petrochemical, advance manufacturing and information technology.


“VIP recognizes the exceptional skills that veterans bring to the workforce and strives to connect them with jobs in expanding industries,” said Andres Alcantar, TWC chairman, in a press release distributed by EPCC. 


“We are proud to partner with these community colleges and Texas employers to train and place our heroes in high-demand occupations.”


Over $4 million will be coming from the state’s Skills Development Fund.


EPCC is one of the 17 colleges that will use the $4.3 million to identify high-demand workforce needs in the local area to be able to develop training programs. 






“The training developed by VIP will give veterans credit for their years of training and experience in the military and emphasize the need for immediate job placement after completion,” said Ronny Congleton, TWC labor commissioner.


“Texas veterans and service members have answered the call to serve our nation in large numbers, and providing a fast path to employment is one way we can thank them for that service.”


One benefit of hiring veterans is that the Work Opportunity Tax Credit allows employers to receive up to a $9,600 tax credit.


“The availability of veterans who have the discipline, work ethic and capacity to learn new skills quickly, presents a favorable environment to respond to industry needs while enhancing the professional skills of veterans and providing further job opportunities in high-demand, high-wage industries,” said Hope Andrade, TWC VIP commissioner.


All eligible U.S. veterans have the opportunity to take part in the initiative.


“Texas’ growing manufacturing industry is the perfect place for many Texas military veterans to launch their civilian careers,” said Tony Bennett, Texas Association of Manufacturers President.


“The many technical skills, leadership and teamwork capabilities of Texas veterans is exactly what we need to keep Texas and industry-leader.”


To learn more about the program, visit


For information about workforce programs available to veterans and their employers, visit



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