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4/21/2017 Press Release
Employers Learn About Grant Programs and Tax Credits at Working Lunch Series

Front row, left to right: Ulises Duran, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; Tamara Sealy, WCJC; Diana Cantu, Staff Force; Alice Atkins, WCJC, Kelly Herman, Big State Plumbing; Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; Sam Pineda, Navarro Insurance Group; Ginger Johnson, All-Tex Networking Solutions, Inc.; Jarmesha Sherrod, Child Discovering Child Care Center

Back row, left to right: Debbie Kilen, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Jennifer Herrera, Staff Force; De’jashatun Williams, Workforce Solutions; David Alexander, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; Matt Smith, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; Hurley Johnson, All-Tex Networking Solutions, Inc.; Catherine Noriega, Child Discovering Child Care Center; Regina Morales, Central Fort Bend Chamber

Employers Learn About Grant Programs and Tax Credits at Working Lunch Series

Did you know that Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) offers continuing education training using grant dollars for your employees?  And that Workforce Solutions can help you locate the right employees for your business needs at no charge to you? Sharing the benefits from partnering with WCJC and Workforce Solutions on these types of employer needs was the focus of the Working Lunch Series hosted by Central Fort Bend Chamber and held at Workforce Solutions – Rosenberg on April 20th.

Tamara Sealy, Continuing Education Corporate Training Coordinator at WCJC Richmond campus, and De’jashatun “DJ” Williams, a certified Workforce Expert at Workforce Solutions, were the guest speakers at the business luncheon. They presented on the various resources available to area employers, such as, tax credits for hiring new employees, training grants, work-based learning programs, human resources support, labor compliance laws, and more.

“No matter the size of your business, we [WCJC] can develop a curriculum that provides the necessary development skills training fit for your business,” says Sealy.  “We utilize many of the courses that are already offered in our normal accredited curriculum and develop additional skills training that is right for the job at hand,” she states.

Williams provided an overview on how partnering with Workforce Solutions works. “We help employers build a strong workforce and help people build careers,” he says. “If you are looking to hire employees to do a specific job, Workforce Solutions can put candidates through a work-experience program at no cost to the employer for a period of time,” explains Williams. “Once they are hired and receiving on-the-job training, the employer will still benefit from a 50% reimbursement of the new hires’ wages during the duration of the training,” he states.

For more information about how to apply for training grants, call 281-239-1530. For further details on the benefits that Workforce Solutions has to offer, call 281-334-0279, ext. 2451.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Working Lunch Series focuses on technical education topics for small businesses and is held the third Thursday of each month. The next Working Lunch Series will be held on May 18th at Fort Bend Country Club and focused on sales revolution and keeping competitive.

The cost of the luncheon is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

For more information or to register, go to or call Debbie Kilen at 281-342-5464.


Debbie Kilen, Programs Director - 281-342-5464,





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