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State of Texas
Lone Star College Partners With Manufacturing Consortium for $968,537 Job-Training Grant
News Release
Saturday, January 26, 2019

AUSTIN ⎯ A manufacturing consortium, consisting of Daikin Industries Goodman Manufacturing Company, LP (Goodman) and Daikin Industries Quietflex Manufacturing Company, LP, (Quietflex), has partnered with Lone Star College to provide job training using a $968,537 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area.

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

“Congratulations to Lone Star College on their partnership with manufacturing consortium, Goodman and Quietflex, which will provide specialized skills training needed to support these high-demand industries in the Gulf Coast area,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “This joint investment benefits employers, citizens, and communities, and contributes to keeping Texas a global economic leader and the best state in the country for business.”

This grant will be used to provide custom training to 530 new and incumbent workers in the manufacturing industry. Trainees will include computer programmers, forklift operators and quality engineers. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $22.08.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 356,744 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,356 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2018-19 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

Lone Star College contact: Media Relations Director Bill Van Rysdam, 832-813-6206,

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