Vernon College, Sealed Air Cryovac receive job training grant

WICHITA FALLS - Vernon College and Sealed Air Cryovac are partnering up to offer job training to hundreds of workers in the packaging business. 

"Anytime you have economic development, workforce development and education coming together, it's a strong partnership," TWC Director of Employer Initiatives Aaron Demerson said.

The grant will offer job training to 578 new and current industry workers in the packaging business. Demerson says it's a benefit for both partners.
 
"That's an opportunity for us to really keep jobs here in Texas and make sure that we have a skilled work force," Demerson said.

"The training for those sorts of skilled positions is critical," Sealed Air Plant Manager Fred Schrock said.

Schrock says the grant will help workers enhance the skills they need to be successful in the manufacturing world. In addition he says it will give the company the chance to train industrial engineers, technicians and operators to work at the local plants.

"It just feels great to be able to give back to the community by creating opportunity," Schrock said.

"One of the things it does is help a company increase the efficiency and the labor of current employees but also as they hire new employees, to expand," Vernon College President Dr. Dusty Johnston said. "They can have the opportunity to train them as well."

Johnston says Sealed Air has a need. They have the expertise and TWC has the funds to help.

"We all worked together to get that grant approved and at the end of the day it's a win win for everybody," Johnston said.

Upon completion, the new workers will receive an average wage of just over $21 dollars. Schrock says they plan to have each member complete their training by spring of next year.


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