Grayson College and the Center for Workplace Learning celebrated Manufacturing Day and the CWL’s 10th anniversary Friday with the announcement of $502,213 in training grants that were awarded to Champion Cooler and Fisher Controls.

Grayson College and the Center for Workplace Learning celebrated Manufacturing Day and the CWL’s 10th anniversary Friday with the announcement of $502,213 in training grants that were awarded to Champion Cooler and Fisher Controls.


Hope Andrade, Texas Workforce commissioner representing employers, was on hand for the check presentation.


Grayson College President Jeremy McMillen, whose first job at the college was as a trainer at the CWL, said the college has made great strides in workplace training in the last several years. He said the hope is that those strides will be increased even further in the future.


Champion Cooler Corp. and Fisher Controls Inc. have partnered with Grayson County College to provide job training using two Skills Development Fund grants totaling $502,213 from the Texas Workforce Commission.


Champion Cooler Corp. will create or upgrade 148 jobs using a $287,200 Skills Development Fund grant. The grant will be used to improve employee skills in programmable logic controls, welding, safety, maintenance and leadership. Those trained will include assembly line workers, operators and clerks. Upon completion of the training, workers will earn an average hourly wage of $12.94.


Fisher Controls Inc. will create or upgrade 210 jobs using a $215,013 Skills Development Fund grant. The grant will be used to train in inventory control, supply chain management, computer aided design and lean manufacturing processes. Those trained will include assemblers, inspectors and machine operators. Upon completion of the training, workers will earn an average hourly wage of $20.24.


"Its a great day in Grayson County, and we want to applaud the community. This is a community that came together and got these grants to improve the quality of life in their community," said Andrade. She said she knows she will be back in Grayson County soon delivering more checks.


Mark Anderson of Fisher International controls said the plant has been in Grayson County since 1977 and the employees are very proud of their work. "It is a great opportunity for us to get training and bring our entire workforce up to a new step," he said.


He added that the money is an opportunity for his employees to get trained to help move themselves forward in their careers with promotions from within. He added that he has a number of employees with 20 plus years of experience, and the training offered with the money received will help train newer employees to step up when some of those more experienced employees retire.