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Texas Workforce Commission •512-463-8942 •www.texasworkforce.org •Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
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DATE: August 7, 2015 PHONE: 512-463-8556
Northwest Texas Healthcare System, BSA Health System Partner
with Amarillo College for $554,785 Job Training Grant
AUSTIN ⎯ Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Inc. and Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System (BSA) have
partnered with Amarillo College (AC) to provide custom job training for 246 incumbent workers using a
$554,785 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will
benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Panhandle area.
The workers will gain advance knowledge of healthcare related topics with focused instruction on critical care,
cardiac life, trauma care, surgical and neonatal intensive care nursing training. Training will be provided in a
simulated hospital environment to increase the skill and competency of hospital staff in specialty areas. Upon
completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $32.63.
TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar presents a $554,785 Skills Development Fund grant check to representatives from Amarillo
College and Northwest Texas Healthcare System Inc.(NWTHS) and Baptist Saint Anthony’s Health System (BSA).
Pictured from left are: Amarillo College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Deborah Vess, BSA Vice-President of Human
Resources Cheryl Jones, BSA Senior Vice-President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer Belinda Gibson, Chairman
Alcantar, NWTHS Chief Nursing Officer Valerie Kiper, NWTHS Chief Operating Officer John McDonald, Amarillo Colleges
Associate Dean of Health Sciences Kim Crowley, Legislative Assistant for state Sen. Kel Seliger Gina Dowdy and Amarillo
College President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart.
Photo courtesy of Amarillo College
“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the
marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the
capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make
From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2014, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded
more than 316,000 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,074 employers with their customized
training needs. The Legislature allocated nearly $48 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2014-15
biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website
Amarillo College contact: M. J. Coats, marketing consultant, 806-206-7347 (cell), 806-345-5512 (office) or
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