Ranger College brings two grants in 30 days

Jessie Horton jessie.horton@empiretribune.com
Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar made the check presentation Friday. JESSIE HORTON/E-T

Two major grants in less than 30 days is a huge feat for any entity, but Ranger College isn't stopping there. On Friday, when community leaders gathered for the presentation of the skills development fund grant, Dr. Kerry Schindler, vice-president of Ranger College Erath County, said college officials are already back at work filling out applications for more area grants.

"This is one of the most fun things I've gotten the chance to do," he told the crowd of more than 30 community leaders and local business owners. "Working with this community to help these students is something that Ranger College and others like myself are excited to be doing."

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar was on hand to present Schindler, Ranger College President Dr. Bill Campion and Fernando Camuzzi, Operations Manager for FMC Technologies with a check for $587,613 to aid Ranger in teaching students skills they need to succeed in the ever-changing workforce.

FMC Technologies, with locations across the state, country as well as in Stephenville, is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. Named by FORTUNE® Magazine as the World's Most Admired Oil and Gas Equipment, Service Company in 2012, the Company has approximately 16,100 employees and operates 27 production facilities in 16 countries. FMC Technologies designs, manufactures and services technologically sophisticated systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry.

Recently, the Stephenville location of FMC Technologies added a 75,000 sq. ft. facility to accommodate the large number of growing employees. Camuzzi said on Friday that FMC looks forward to working with Ranger College to help educate future employees.

He recounted a story from when he first came to the area and spent a great deal of time looking for a qualified machinist. Camuzzi said that this search lead him and other officials at FMC to develop programs and the pursuit of a partnership like the one Ranger College is bringing to the community.

"Now, with this grant and the education provided by Ranger College, we here at FMC no longer have problems like that," he said. "With the continued education and advancement of skills provided by programs like this one, companies like FMC have numerous qualified employees to hire that fit all our needs and allow us to continue to put out the highest quality products."

Alcantar said he was pleased to announce the grant award for the skills development program with Ranger College and FMC Technologies as it further encourages the understanding of the demand for these types of jobs and skilled workers to fill these positions.

"As we have recently learned, jobs in this industry are being lost every day and the implementation of programs like this one furthers the understanding of the importance of these jobs and what they provide to the people of not only this community and ones like it, but this country as a whole," Alcantar said. "For the past decade Texas has led the way in exports like the ones produced here at FMC Technologies, and with the introduction of this and other programs that aid in the development of employee skills, we can continue that trend."