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January 2001

Release Date: January 12, 2001

WTTC Classes to Begin Monday

A full schedule of classes Monday, Jan. 15, will mark the official opening of the West Texas Training Center (WTTC) as it begins its mission to provide the specialty training necessary to enhance the region's workforce capabilities and to attract new business and industry to the area.

Located at 3501 North US Highway 67 in the former Levi Strauss Building, the WTTC facility has undergone the first phase of a renovation that provides classroom and educational spaces for the specialty workforce training. Although some individual classes have met previously in the WTTC, Monday will mark the first time a full slate of classes has been scheduled.

John Parsons, director of student services for Howard College which is providing the educational programs at the center, said classes will begin Monday at 8 a.m. and continue through 9:20 p.m. Courses being taught during the spring semester will include human relations, nursing, business, emergency medical technology, health information technology, industrial production technology, intergenerational studies and respiratory care.

Howard College is partner in the WTTC along with Angelo State University, the San Angelo Independent School District and the City of San Angelo.

Bill Cullins, who works for ASU as the WTTC's executive director, said the center's vocational and technical programs will improve the job training opportunities for area residents. By strengthening the skills of the region's available workers, the WTTC will enhance the labor force infrastructure.

"I believe that within the next three to five years the WTTC will be the model for collaborative workforce development initiatives within the state," Cullins said. "The Concho valley region has many features that are attractive to industry, and the WTTC will enhance the region's ability to attract new industry."