Regents approve provider for industrial training

by Darin Allred | Feb 16, 2016

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District voted Monday to approve a training provider for industrial technology training for Texas Workforce Commmission Skills Development Fund grants.

North Central Texas College has secured a $515,124 Skills Development Fund (SDF) Grant to provide training for 251 employees working at Flowers Baking Co., Advanced Temporaries, and Lone Star CNC, all in Denton County.

NCTC is also in the final development phase before submitting an additional multi-company consortium SDF grant to train 517 workers on behalf of Mayday and Hi-Tech Manufacturing Co., Empire Countertops, and TriTex Cabinets, also located in Denton County. The estimated value of the second SDF Grant is $650,000.

Both of the grants will offer 30-55 customized training courses and industry-required training during the 15-month period for each grant. Therefore, additional training providers are needed to support this training effort that will be delivered on site at the employers' locations.

The board approved Senseability, Inc., out of Stephenville to provide industrial training as needed and requested for NCTC-awarded SDF Grants from February 2016 to January 2018. The total training price is expected to fall within a $550,000-$575,000 range to train 745-768 new and incumbent workers in Denton County.

In other action Monday, regents approved the college's participation in The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) as recommended by NCTC Information Technology Services. By joining this purchasing cooperative, the college will have additional options for purchasing IT-related goods and services.

Regents also adopted the academic calendar for Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 and approved the employment of Christy Raines as Counselor and Danielle Zitar as Employment Coach with the RITA Grant. The board accepted the resignations of Steve Burnett in Petroleum Technology, Desire DeMange in Counseling and Testing, and Darin Allred and Noelle McDowell in Marketing and Public Relations.

NCTC Vice President Dr. Andrew Fisher gave an enrollment report. Total enrollment for Spring 2016, as of the reporting date, was 8,793 students. That is down 6.4 percent from the same period last Spring. Contact hours were also down 6.5 percent. Fisher explained that a drop in dual-credit enrollment has led to the decrease.

NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace reminded regents that an Open House will be held on March 11 at 11 a.m., at the new Industrial Technology Center on the Gainesville campus.

Dr. Wallace also recognized NCTC faculty member Jill Swarner, who was recently honored by the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society for five years of service as a chapter advisor.

Regent Dick Haayan was unable to attend Monday's meeting.

Jill Swarner Awarded by Dr. Wallace

Jill Swarner (center) was honored at Monday's NCTC Board of Regents meeting for her five years of service as a chapter advisor for Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Pictured with Swarner are Board of Regents Chairman Karla Metzler (left) and NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace.