South Texas College received a $1 million award from the Texas Workforce Commission and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health, according to a news release. STC was also awarded a $140,860 Self Sufficiency Fund, or SSF grant by Workforce Solutions for workers in high demand occupations.

“We truly are exceptional, and our students will be exceptional employees in our community,” said STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed. “We can’t do this without partnerships.”

In attendance at the event was TWC Commissioner representing Labor Julian Alvarez; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; DHR Chief Academic Officer Dr. R. Armour Forse; and Arcelia Sanchez, Workforce Solutions Strategy and Engagement Deputy Director. STC Trustees in attendance included Chairman Paul R. Rodriguez, Gary Gurwitz, and Dr. Alejo Salinas.

The $1 million comes from a Skills Development Fund, or SDF grant. The SDF grant program assists employers with customized training needs. The current SDF grant is intended to provide customized training through a variety of healthcare areas for an estimated 4,000 new and existing employees of DHR Health.

“In the healthcare industry, the whole business is changing every day,” Forse said. “We have to talk about different ways for billing, coding, and documenting on top of treating new diseases. How do we do this? Well it is through these grants, which we pursued with STC, which has been our educational partner.”

The SSF grant is intended to provide training in high demand occupations for an estimated 70 participants in the areas of welding, phlebotomy, and EKG technician.

“The self-sufficiency grant targets people who are on the verge of becoming dependent on government assistance,” said Olivia De La Rosa, Director of Professional And Workforce Education at STC. “Through the grant we are going to train people who will hopefully learn a skill and get them a job on the path to self-sufficiency.”