Hundreds of more jobs are headed to Texoma. 728 jobs will be created or upgraded in Wichita Falls. Natura World and WDS Global have partnered with Vernon College through a Texas Workforce Commission grant from the Skills Development Fund. "Its a program that works and it works because we put the objective first," said Texas Workforce Commissioner Andres Alcantar.
In a ceremony Wednesday, the $467,577 grant partnership was announced. It will fund training for workers through Vernon College. That partnership is exciting to Vernon College President Dr. Dusty Johnston. "It gives us a chance to create new programs and potential new students for ourselves," said Johnston.
This round of growth comes on the heels of several other major announcements from the two companies. "It has become almost routine over the last 11 months, we've had 11 announcements, but these 2 projects are really the major ones that got us started on that," said Tim Chase, President/CEO of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Business leaders say the training workers will receive is critical to maintaining an edge. "The program were training is a 6-8 week training and we know that unless we have an educated workforce, were not going to provide that user experience that our clients demand and expect," said WDS Global Executive Vice President for Global Support Joe Casey. Casey has high hopes for the end result of the big checks. "We hope a lot more dollars are injected back into the community because of these positions," he said.
Both companies are expected to pay fairly well. WDS Global's 578 new employees are expected to earn an average of $8.73/hr. Natura World pays even higher. The 150 new positions will be paid an average of $13.98/hr. On average, that could mean an additional $15M/yr paid out to Texoma Workers.