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PMT Awarded Grant to Tackle Workforce Training Challenges

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Plastic Molding Technology Inc., El Paso, Texas, received a skills development grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Officials from Plastic Molding Technology Inc., the Texas Workforce Commission and El Paso Community College are shown in the photo.

El Paso, Texas-based Plastic Molding Technology Inc. (PMT) was awarded a $216,523 Skills Development Fund Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), boosting the company’s efforts to solve the shortage of skilled workers in both the plastics industry and in the El Paso-Juarez border region.

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar presented PMT a $216,523 check on Nov. 21 during the Skills Development Fund Grant Awards Announcement at the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Administrative Services Center. From inception to implementation, the Skills Development Fund Grant took two years to receive, and it is the first phase of PMT’s renewed effort to provide on-the-job training.

Eighty-one of the 98 full-time employees at PMT are enrolled in the new training, which comprises a tailored curriculum with industry-specific courses – from injection molding and lean manufacturing to supervisory techniques and IQMS software training. The on-site trainings began Aug. 31 and are taught by EPCC faculty.

TWC selected EPCC as PMT’s customized training partner, and the company worked with the college to develop a curriculum to specifically address training needs. PMT pays employees for time spent in the classroom and will provide incremental pay increases to each employee after successful program completion. Employees also earn Continuing Education credits for their coursework.

PMT credits Mary Sholtis, the company's training and development coordinator, for her efforts in helping secure the grant.

For more information, visit www.pmtinc.com.