PFLUGERVILLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. PARTNERS WITH SKILLPOINT ALLIANCE TO CREATE CAREER PATHWAYS FOR INDIVIDUALS
1 Oct 2020
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PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (October 1, 2020) — In recognition of the growing need to provide skills training for the unemployed and underemployed, the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation has reached a formal partnership with Skillpoint Alliance, a nonprofit workforce training foundation since 1994 that focuses on skills-based education and training while providing pathways out of poverty.
“In the midst of this pandemic, we have an opportunity to make a difference by helping workers reskill to attain new and better jobs. Our partnership with Skillpoint Alliance provides a pathway to help our current and future workforce to increase earning power and achieve long term stability in high-demand careers,” said Amy Madison, PCDC Executive Director.
The partnership was formed in light of Workforce Solutions Capital Area data from March – July 2020 in Travis County that indicates 50 percent of jobless claimants in Travis County earned less than $30,000 per year when they were working.
“We are excited to enter into this partnership with the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, and are committed to providing high-quality, fast-paced job training opportunities to Pflugerville residents," said Kevin Brackmeyer, Skillpoint Alliance Executive Director. "Skillpoint Alliance continues to adapt program offerings based on workforce needs throughout the region and recently transitioned to an online hybrid offering to safely train individuals in skilled trades, advanced manufacturing industry, and the healthcare field.”
In the agreement formalized on September 15th, the PCDC is providing community-wide marketing for current SkillPoint training classes in manufacturing, electrical, HVAC, nursing aides, plumbing, and the use of the PCDC conference room as needed for training purposes. Skillpoint Alliance will offer the existing programs free to Pflugerville workers and residents and provide updates on training outcomes. The two organizations plan to explore future curriculum tailored to community needs, along with funding sources for any expansion.