Garland Chamber and DCMA Award Donations to Workforce Programs in Garland ISD

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The Garland Chamber of Commerce and Dallas County Manufacturers' Association were proud to award donations to three Garland ISD programs that help train students in machining, welding and engineering at Garland Chamber's Monthly Luncheon on May 23, 2016. 

Since its establishment in 2006, the DCMA has worked to provide the Dallas County manufacturing community with the best opportunities to be sustainable in the global marketplace through facilitating workforce development, advocacy at the Local, State and National levels, and the sharing of best practices among members. This mission has seen great success through the provision of resources such as grant-funded training, the DCMA Leadership Academy, various industry-relevant forums and much more; however, local manufacturing employers still have a great need to find a sustainable, qualified workforce. 

With our local employers in mind, the Garland Chamber's Board of Directors Finance Committee allocated a portion of the Chamber's 2016 budget to fund special needs within Garland ISD workforce training programs that would strengthen the programs themselves, as well as contribute to the development of highly skilled graduates. Many students that graduate from these work-ready programs will be able to find a job right here in Garland upon graduation, thus strenthening the available labor pool for local industry and contributing the economic sustainability for the Garland community. Coupled with the Chamber's ongoing efforts, such as the Garland ISD Student Career Expo, the Job Shadowing Program and other local partnerships, the organization continues to act as a liaison between local employers and educational institutions to facilitate the training and education of a sustainable, qualified workforce.

We extend our gratitude to these fine educators for helping Garland, Texas students get on a pathway to success! It was our honor to recognize you and contribute to your programs.

  • John Godwin, Garland High School Machine Shop Program, in the amount of $14,262.93 for various items of equipment and supplies to facilitate the training of students in working with machine tools.
  • Sean Denny, North Garland High School Project Lead the Way, pre-engineering program in the amount of $22,614 for the purchase of a Benchmill for training students interested in pursuing an engineering degree and working in local manufacturing companies.
  • Jim Barnett, South Garland High School Welding Program, in the amount of $12,595 for the purchase of Baileigh Sheet Metal Shear to facilitate the certification of students in various levels of welding proficiency. 
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