HCC joins partnership to create jobs for veterans in petrochemical industry

Oct 13, 2014

Houston Community College is one of more than a dozen Texas colleges participating in a program to put veterans to work.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced the launch of the Veteran Industry Partnership (VIP), a $4.3 million initiative to create jobs for these men and women in the petrochemical industry in the Houston area.

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

The TWC has already shown its support for HCC by awarding a grant to train dozens of veterans in welding and electrical programs.

This adds to the many veterans’ initiatives already underway across the district, including the VetSuccess on Campus program through the Office of Veterans Affairs, where veterans can get information about educational and health benefits and counseling.

HCC also has four Veteran Resource Centers that provide veteran and reservist students the tools to make a smooth transition to college life, complete their educational programs and job placement assistance.

“HCC is one of the most relevant veteran and military-friendly colleges and will continue to be Houston’s workforce engine for our veterans,” said Dr. Cesar Maldonado, HCC chancellor.

All eligible U.S. veterans will have the opportunity to participate in VIP.

For more information about programs for veterans at HCC, log on to www.hccs.edu/veterans or contact our Veterans Call Center at 713-718-8522.

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