Originally posted on The Examiner
Entergy Texas announced a $600,000 workforce development initiative Monday, March 13 at Edison Plaza in Beaumont with several important dignitaries in attendance including Entergy Texas CEO Sallie Rainer and Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Employees Ruth Hughs.
Several entities are involved in the initiative, including Texas Workforce Commission which is matching Entergy’s $500,000 donation with a $97,293 donation of its own; Region 5 ESC, Beaumont Independent School District (BISD), Port Arthur Independent School District (PAISD), Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT), Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA), Lone Star College, and Jobs For America’s Graduates (JAG).
BISD and PAISD will each receive $75,000 to host programs for at-risk students in their schools, according to a release by Entergy. LIT and LSCPA will host dropout recovery programs at their campuses. To support the programs at the two colleges, Entergy will contribute $100,000 which will be matched by the Texas Workforce Commission. The Texas Industry Partnership (TIP) program grant of $97,293 will go to Workforce Solutions of Southeast Texas, which will then provide the funds to Region 5, the administrator for the two college-based programs. Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas partnered with Entergy and Region 5 to successfully apply for the TIP program grant from the state.