WACO -- Two grants totaling $1.4 million to McLennan Community College is helping more than 1,100 employees in Waco get more training they may not have otherwise.
"Where they may have received some training, this will be at a higher level, to make their performance in their current position better," Dean of Continuing Education, Frank Graves said.
The Texas Workforce Commission grants funding to Texas colleges to partner with local businesses.
Which is a win, win for the local employers who teamed up with MCC, because now their employees can receive training free of charge.
"that will make them better able to do their job which will in fact make better products, make the company more viable and able to compete in our economy and grow workers locally."
Such training opportunities Graves says is important to compete with other jobs out of the city.
"These type of short term training are integral for the day to day operations for those companies to be successful."
And the sacrifice for the company? The employees must be able to train during on-duty hours.
MCC is hoping to add companies to the current 6 company consortium and L-3 communications.
The 6 companies include: Easy Gardener Products Inc., Imperial Woodworks Inc., Mars Chocolate North America, The Perry Co., Central Texas Corrugated and Van Tran Industries.