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NCTC awarded more workforce grants

Representatives from North Central Texas College and the Texas Workforce Commission celebrated a pair of partnerships Friday that will allow the school to train employees of two large North Texas businesses.

GE Manufacturing Solutions of Fort Worth and Zodiac Seats U.S. of Gainesville have partnered with NCTC to provide job training using two Skills Development Fund grants totaling more than $1.2 million from the TWC.

GE Manufacturing Solutions will train 145 new workers using the Skills Development Fund grant worth $492,115.

The training will equip welders, operators and assemblers with advanced skills in welding, electrical circuit wiring, technical calculation, blueprint reading and safety.

Zodiac Seats U.S. will create or upgrade 1,356 jobs using a Skills Development Fund grant worth $790,662.

The majority of Zodiac’s Gainesville workforce will receive training that will include coursework in applied mathematics, computer numeric control, electronic and wiring assembly and blueprint reading, as well as general business and lean manufacturing skills.

Fundraising event breaks record

This year’s annual “Friends of Agriculture Round-Up” at North Central Texas College raised $50,014 for NCTC scholarships. The total raised was a record for the 12-year event.

All proceeds from the auction will help build endowed scholarships for students studying agriculture, horticulture or equine science at NCTC.

Since the first auction was held in 2001, more than $290,000 has been raised.

Twenty NCTC students who received agriculture scholarships this school year were on hand to work the event, which included a catered meal and live and silent auctions.

English instructor gives conference presentation

NCTC English instructor Gabrielle Fletcher gave a presentation at the Two-Year English College Association Southwest Chapter Conference held recently in Austin.

The theme for the conference was “Keeping Teaching Weird” and it was hosted by Austin Community College and centered on English pedagogy in two-year colleges.

Fletcher’s presentation was entitled “Incorporating Success Techniques and the New Texas CORE Objectives in English.”

The workshop gave hands-on assignments, projects and advice to assist English faculty in improving student success and engagement, as well as incorporating the new Texas Core Objectives of Teamwork and Personal Responsibility into their curriculum.