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Grant will help TSTC vets | Local News

Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Co.’s $75,000 grant awarded in late 2021 through the TSTC Foundation at Texas State Technical College will be used for ongoing veterans efforts and equipment purchases for manpower training.

“The purpose of the grant is to help veterans no matter where they are or what programs they want to attend,” said Kenneth Buford, director of veteran recruitment for the TSTC.

One initiative eligible for funding is for participants in the Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program. A third cohort of military transitioning to civilian life is currently attending mechatronics workforce training courses at TSTC’s Waco campus.

“A lot of these soldiers come from a technical MOS (military occupational specialty) background and just need training to translate those skills into the private sector,” said Michael Smith, vice president of development for the TSTC Foundation. “We wanted to provide them with a safety net to ensure a smooth transition from their military career to civilian life.”

The grant is part of the company’s $5 million funding for state nonprofits for generational learning, safety training and workforce development.