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October 2001

Release Date: October 25, 2001

Open House to Showcase Opportunities at West Texas Training Center

The public from throughout the Concho Valley is invited to attend an open house at the West Texas Training Center (WTTC) Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, in the newly renovated facility at 3501 N. US Highway 67.

Open house activities will run from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and will demonstrate the type of workforce training opportunities that are available to all of West Texas to enhance the skills of the regional labor pool and to attract more business and industry to the region. Activities will include tours, audio-visual presentations, displays and classroom demonstrations.

A special ceremony is scheduled 4-5 p.m. in the facility's Student Center to highlight individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in bringing the concept of a training center to reality. Speakers will include State Rep. Rob Junell, ASU President James Hindman, Howard College President Cheryl Sparks, San Angelo Independent School District Board President Julia Stout and Kevin Barry, chair of the WTTC Advisory Board.

Angelo State University, Howard College, San Angelo Independent School District and the City of San Angelo are partners in the consortium operating the WTTC. The center was established with the dual mission of providing workforce development training that prepares individuals for professional roles in a complex technological world and of offering training resources that support the economic growth of San Angelo and the Concho Valley region.

The facility is located in the former Levi Strauss Building. The building has been renovated to accommodate a variety of training needs. The first classes began at the WTTC in January. Courses taught at the facility include human relations, nursing, business, emergency medical technology, health information technology, industrial production technology, intergenerational studies and respiratory care.

The WTTC provides a focal point where consortium members can work with business and industry to meet their needs in specialty training. One goal of the open house is to show the public the adaptability of the facility and the willingness of the sponsoring entities to work with business and industry to strengthen their own workforce training.

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