Economic Development Corporation Awards $50,000 Grant for Pflugerville ISD Workforce Training Program

Vocational training program aims to support high school students in Pflugerville, benefit the community long-term.

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas—The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) today announced it awarded a $50,000 grant to the Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) for the Pflugerville Academic Center of Excellence (PACE) programs. In turn, the PEF will present a check to Pflugerville ISD at the July 17 school board meeting.

PACE is a full-time high school diploma program for students who have dropped out of high school or are highly at risk for doing so due to being over age for grade level, pregnancy and parenting.

Floyd Akers, executive director of the PCDC, said he feels these students have an important role in our community, and the PACE program not only sets up the students for successful careers but also enables them to strengthen our workforce and ultimately, enhance our community.

“Years ago, when Pflugerville created a 4B corporation, the purpose was ultimately to support and grow our local economy and ensure a vibrant community long-term,” Akers said. “A strong local workforce is key to attracting top businesses to the area, and having great employers obviously supports overall quality of life.”

Akers said the vocational program will enable Pflugerville ISD to train students in occupations that they are naturally drawn.

The grant from the PCDC will fund equipment and technology purchases for the program.

“We are excited to be a part of a innovative teaching program that trains our PACE program students on the equipment they need to know how to use on the job—this is what employers are looking for and will help get them hired,” said PEF Executive Director Allison Murray. “Because of our relationship with the PCDC in learning how workforce needs are evolving, we are better able to understand the market and what types of job training are the most helpful to implement in our program. With the support of the PCDC through collaboration and grants, we are able to help our students be successful and strengthen our local workforce.”

The grant was approved by the PCDC Board of Directors at the May 29 meeting. The funds were awarded to the PEF and will be donated in full to Pflugerville ISD to be used specifically for the creation of a new workforce training program.

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About the Pflugerville Education Foundation

The Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) is a nonprofit organization created by local businesses and community leaders to make a positive impact on public education. An independent board of directors comprised of business and community leaders, parents and alumni in the Greater Pflugerville community govern the PEF.

PEF supports Innovative Teaching Grants and the annual Teacher of the Year Program. Annual PEF events include the Schoolhouse Scramble Golf Tournament and the Evening of Stars Gala.

Additional information on PEF or sponsorships is available by contacting Allison Murray, director, at allison.murray@pfisd.net or visit www.ThePfoundation.org.

About the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation

The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation promotes Pflugerville as a desirable place for new businesses to operate. The organization also supports existing businesses by helping to address their needs. PCDC can provide funding for use as an incentive to businesses to begin doing business in Pflugerville. PCDC funds, which are 4B money generated from a half-cent of the city’s sales tax revenue, can also be used to construct needed infrastructure such as roads, utilities and drainage projects. Located 16 miles northeast of Austin and just south of Round Rock, Pflugerville is well-situated in Central Texas. New state highways 45 and 130 and Interstate Highway 35 all offer direct access to other nearby cities and the region’s main airport. For more information, visit www.pfdevelopment.com.