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Business & Industry may be eligible for Skills Development Grant or Skills for Small Business funding for employee training.  Vernon College has been successful implementing these grant funds providing training to our local business and industry. 

Skills Development Fund Grant

The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program providing training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers. Funding for the program is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

The Skills Development Fund program assists businesses and trade unions by financing the design and implementation of customized job-training projects.  This fund successfully merges business needs and local customized training opportunities into a winning formula to increase the skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce.  

Training Categories

To ensure that participating employers receive the training they need to address changing business needs and workforce skills gaps, training courses funded under the program should conform to the parameters for each training category, described below:

  • Business Technical – At least 55% of the total training hours for a Skills Development Fund grant must be business technical courses, which are occupational-specific courses. Industry-specific examples include metrology, pneumatics, mechanical maintenance and; finance, and nurse certification.
  • General Technical – Up to 45% of the total training hours for a Skills Development Fund grant may be general technical courses, which are courses that may be essential to the occupation but are more basic and foundational. General technical training may include, for example, Lean and Six Sigma courses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) courses, and Microsoft Office and other computer courses.
  • Non-Technical – No more than 10% of the total training hours for a Skills Development Fund grant may be in non-technical courses such as leadership, communication and team building courses.

For more information, visit the TWC websiteSkills Development Fund

Skills for Small Business Grant

The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Skills for Small Business program is exceptional opportunity, which supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees, emphasizes training for new workers, and helps upgrade the skills of incumbent workers.

For more information, visit the TWC websiteSkills for Small Business Grant 

Contact Tina Duke at  or 940-689-3714 for more information.  

Public Information

For more information about the Vernon College service area we invite you to visit the following:

Vernon Chamber of Commerce 

Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Wichita Falls Human Resource Management Association

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    Vernon, TX 76384
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    4105 Maplewood
    Wichita Falls, TX 76308
  • Skills Training Center
    2813 Central Expressway East
    Wichita Falls, TX 76302
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    Seymour, TX 76380