Texas Workforce Commission

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St. Mary’s University and the Alamo Colleges’ Northeast Lakeview College are among the 13 Texas-based education establishments that have, together, been awarded almost a million dollars in grants for summer youth camps focused on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Through these 13 grants, totaling $938,104, the Texas Workforce Commission, a state agency that works separately and together with local workforce development boards to essentially help Texan employers, workers and communities progress economically, hopes to help prepare more than 1,100 14-21 year olds for high-skill, high-demand jobs.

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As part of a nationwide protest in over 60 cities, fast-food workers from Austin and the surrounding area walked off their job sites in protest of better wages from their employers.

Jennifer Castilla works at an Austin area Wendy’s Restaurant. The mother of four children makes $8/hour.

"I feel sorry for the ones who make lower than I do and that have as many kids as I got," Castilla said, "but I understand the struggle in life. I’ve been struggling my whole life in fast food and I figure now is the time to step up."

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The Texas Workforce Commission issued a $304,000 grant to train 135 new and current employees of Fox Tank, a manufacturer of steel-welded oil field tanks for the energy industry in Kerrville.

This is the latest grant-funded program by the Workforce Commission and the Alamo Colleges. Earlier this month the two set up a cloud computing program to help train Rackspace workers.