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TWC awards $272,162 to UT Arlington for high-tech youth career initiatives

News Release — 22 May 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Herb Booth, (817) 272-7075, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington has received a $272,162 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as part of the Texas Youth in Technology (TYT) Strategic Workforce Development initiative. Supported with federal Workforce Investment Act Statewide Activity Funds, the workforce development strategy supports job-growth opportunities that align with Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Industry Cluster Initiative.

"Educating our youth in advanced skills is one of the greatest tools we have to continue positioning Texas as a national and global economic leader," said Gov. Perry. "Through support from the Texas Workforce Commission, these initiatives provide the foundation for future high-tech workforce success."

Through its participation in TYT, The University of Texas at Arlington has clear-cut goals for supporting the governor's initiatives and Texas employers.

"UT Arlington is proud to partner with the Texas Youth in Technology initiative because there is no substitute for a highly skilled, well-educated workforce," UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said. "Just as UT Arlington is working for a better, stronger, more educated Texas, so is the TYT."

The University of Texas at Arlington's workforce development initiative will collaborate with community colleges, independent school districts, corporate partners, national professional societies, and other stakeholders to increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates in the College of Engineering. This will include a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

TYT and resulting projects will establish programs to increase postsecondary enrollments, retention, and graduates in engineering and computer science. Working with the Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium (TETC), the grant program also will increase collaboration among Texas employers, institutions of higher education, and collegiate engineering and science departments.

"A diverse workforce, skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is critical to the future economic success and competitiveness of Texas," said Arturo Sanchez III, TETC chair and Texas Instruments manager of Workforce Development.

TWC has awarded 11 TYT grants totaling more than $2.4 million. In addition to UT Arlington, grant recipients include: Prairie View A&M University, $312,137; Richland College, $48,256; Sam Houston State University, $178,386; San Jacinto College, $230,984; Southern Methodist University, $211,155; Texas Tech University, $241,449; The University of Texas at Austin, $221,841; The University of Texas at Dallas, $242,000; University of Houston, $300,000; and University of North Texas, $152,393.

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