North Central Texas College will open a new facility near Texas Motor Speedway this month that will provide specialized training for industries most affected by the economic conditions triggered by the pandemic.
NCTC recently received a Texas Reskilling and Upskilling Education (TRUE) grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a total of over $2.375 million. With this grant, NCTC will provide high-demand programs related to electrical, industrial mechatronics, automation, and robotics, as well as expanding the college’s allied health offerings.
“It’s the perfect marriage that, as the need arose,” the new training center was in the works, said Jake Laughlin, NCTC’s director of marketing and public relations. “Everything came together harmoniously.”
The TRUE grant is awarded to the college in two contracts. $412,636 was awarded directly to NCTC for specific health science training in a high demand area. Programs covered by this part of the grant include Certified Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Medical Office Technology. The second part of the TRUE grant is a consortium with Western Texas College, a $1.962 million award, for training in high-demand engineering technology programs. Programs covered by this consortium will include Mechatronics (Automated Manufacturing), Industry 4.0 Basic and Advanced Operations, Industry 4.0 Robotic System Operations, and Electrical Skills.
Financial assistance is available for all of these programs. Eligible students can receive up to $2,500 in financial aid to cover the cost of the training program. Laughlin said the mechatronics courses pretty much follow the traditional academic schedule, while some of the medical programs only last a month.
The programs that will be offered both online and at the new Alliance Training Center, along with financial assistance from the TRUE grant, will help address staffing shortages in critical industries, Laughlin said.
“Some sectors of the economy need help getting people back to work,” Laughlin said. “It’s a tough time for a lot of people, and we’re excited to offer this because college may be out of reach for some, but thanks to the TRUE grant, they can take these courses.”
The new facility is located at 3440 Hwy 114, just west of the I-35W interchange in the Champions Circle development. Laughlin said the NCTC hopes to open the building in time for the first day of classes on Aug. 22.
Visit www.nctc.edu/campus/alliance for more information.