Dallas, Texas – In a joint partnership aimed at advancing workforce development, Dallas College and Gainwell Technologies have recently been the recipients of combined grants, totaling $1,045,269. These substantial financial contributions have been generously provided by the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. Their purpose is to facilitate advanced training, through the programs offered by Dallas College, for over 500 staff members at Irving’s esteemed technology institution, Gainwell Technologies.
Julie Carey, spearheading the project at Dallas College, underscored the grants’ profound implications. She hailed the financial aid from the Texas Workforce Commission and Department of Labor as a crucial turning point, anticipating it would trigger an immediate and substantial impact. The funds, she affirmed, would serve as catalysts, enhancing the trajectory of Gainwell Technologies’ employees through the provision of comprehensive, high caliber training, thereby paving the way for their individual professional advancements.
In her official statement, Carey expressed profound gratitude towards the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor, along with local employers, for the unwavering faith they placed in Dallas College.
“We deeply appreciate the ongoing confidence that the Texas Workforce Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and area employers place in Dallas College as an experienced, results-focused provider of high-quality workforce training,” Carey said in a statement.
Gainwell Technologies, recognized as a premier player in the market, specializes in the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology that steers state Medicaid agencies. It serves as an indispensable provider of digital and cloud-based solutions, crucial for the effective management and operation of health and human services programs.
With regards to elevating employees to higher-paying, high-demand job positions, Dallas College shed light on the specifics of the total award. It comprises two grants: firstly, the Texas Workforce Commission’s “Skills Development Fund” grant, contributing $468,309, purposed to train Gainwell’s Texas-based personnel. Secondly, the U.S. Department of Labor has provided $576,960 under the “Federal Innovative Strategies — One Workforce” grant, earmarked for nationwide training of Gainwell’s employees.
“The Skills Development Fund supports Texas employers by upskilling current employees and helping create new high-paying, in-demand jobs,” TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel said in a statement.
In an evaluation provided by Daniel, he attributed the recent strengthening of the Texas labor market to the strategic grants dispensed by the Texas Workforce Commission. These grants, in the span of three years, have served as an instrumental educational tool for over 30,000 Texan employees, thereby augmenting the proficiency and dexterity of the workforce while simultaneously boosting the state’s overall productivity and vitality.
The state’s governor, Greg Abbott, views this financial backing not as a mere expenditure but as an investment into the future of Texas. Abbott underscores that this economic commitment in cultivating a highly trained, diverse workforce is a fundamental pillar supporting the state’s rapidly growing industries and thriving economy.
This financial support, according to Governor Abbott, is primarily directed towards the training of new and existing healthcare professionals in Dallas College. These professionals will play a pivotal role in ensuring optimal healthcare delivery to the people of Texas. Abbott’s statement emphasized that the joint endeavor of funding and training would create avenues for the industrious citizens of Texas, thereby catering to the expanding demands of the state’s burgeoning economy.
Taking advantage of the untapped potential of advanced technologies, Dallas College plans to furnish 16,000 hours of comprehensive technology training to Gainwell’s employees. This innovative, IT-centric curriculum is slated to concentrate on nurturing a cadre of technical talent skilled in cloud technology, artificial intelligence, and advanced data analytics, thus driving the development of a formidable and versatile workforce for the future.
The diversity of courses offered under the grant spans a wide spectrum, encompassing realms such as Big Data Engineering, Amazon Web Services, Agile Leadership, and Data Analytics. The extent of the educational framework does not cease here, as Dallas College has also announced additional training programs. These include Python for Data Analytics, Tableau, Shift Left Thinking, Project Management, and an array of certifications including the Certified Scrum Master, Certified Agile Leadership, Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP), and ISTQB Certified Tester training.
Jacob Sims, the chief technology officer at Gainwell, commands a proficient squad of technology experts, dedicated to leveraging the potential of technology in providing quality health care to those in dire need. Sims expressed his confidence in the grants, envisaging that the training would empower Gainwell’s workforce to tap into the latent potential of cloud technology, artificial intelligence, and advanced data analytics. This, in turn, would fuel innovation at an unprecedented pace for the clientele they serve.
Following the completion of this phase of training, Dallas College has signaled its intent to maintain its collaboration with the Texas Workforce Commission. The aim of this sustained alliance is to secure additional Skills Development Fund grants that will pave the way for further training opportunities for businesses across North Texas.
Originally established as the Dallas County Community College District in 1965, Dallas College, comprised of seven campuses – Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake, and Richland – stands as a testament to academic prowess. In addition to traditional classroom learning, it also offers online education and services to over 125,000 credit and continuing education students per annum. Judging by the annual enrollment, it reigns supreme as the largest community college in Texas.