Prosper Waco launching new job training program for growing industry

7 Apr 2021


Show up wearing steel-toed shoes and willing to learn a trade, and a new program supported by Prosper Waco and the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce could mean a job making $32,000 a year to start.

It takes money to make money, as the saying goes, and Prosper Waco has received a $250,000 grant from the Trellis Foundation to put the jobless and under-employed locally through its new UpSkill Waco job training program. Demand in Waco is growing for skills related to repairing, installing and dismantling industrial machinery, said Rachel Pate, vice president for economic development at the Cen-Tex African American Chamber. The goal of UpSkill Waco is to equip resident to meet that demand.

Mexico-based Envases will make aluminum cans, while Zinkpower manufactures zinc coatings for iron and steel. Hello Bello has taken over a vacant facility to make diapers. Laminate Technologies will produce laminated panels. Uzin Utz North America will bring its grout-making techniques to Central Texas. And Aspen Custom Trailers will roll out trailers.

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