Tarrant County College Awarded Funding From the Walmart Foundation for Veteran Vocational Education
Rita L.B. Parson Tarrant County College Public Relations Manager 817-515-1542 email@example.com-
FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 11, 2013) --
The Walmart Foundation today announced Tarrant County
College (TCC) as a recipient of grant funding to support veteran vocational education. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University received the initial $1 million grant. TCC is one of 11 community and technical colleges selected throughout California, New York, Texas, and North Carolina to receive a portion of the funding from the Walmart Foundation. Across the nation, these grants will seed, cultivate and provide technical assistance to a network of workforce development-focused programs at colleges that will leverage skills, training, credentialing, and other efforts to advance the employment situation of veterans and transitioning service members. "Our program funded by the Walmart Foundation will help train and certify veterans for careers in our
community,” said TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. “
This program for veterans fits into our efforts to our ongoing efforts to prepare a workforce that will help spur local economy and build community
Working in conjunction with partners including Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and Central Texas College, TCC college will serve at least 45 veterans during the project period and anticipates serving many more in the future. The support of area employers including Bell Helicopter, Four Season, Grover Corporation and Weir Oil and Gas will help to firmly establish sustaining training programs and services beyond the grant-funded period. The program is part of the Walmart Foundation's $20 million dollar commitment to address veteran issues. In addition to this funding commitment from the Walmart Foundation, Walmart pledged that over the next five years, it will hire 100,000 veterans who honorably left the military in the last year. Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country. The program, which kicked off on Memorial Day, will include jobs mostly in Walmart stores or Sam's Club locations.