Alamo Colleges, Rackspace Collaborate for $1,386,387
TWC Job Training Grant
Alamo Colleges is collaborating with Rackspace to provide customized training for new and incumbent employees using a $1,386,387 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). This grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Alamo, Capital Area and Tarrant County areas. Austin Community College and Tarrant County College will provide support for some portions of the training for Rackspace employees in Austin and Grapevine.
The grant is providing custom training to 1,000 new and incumbent workers to provide hosting, programming and technology instruction in Linux/Apache, Windows, Cisco, Red Hat, network security and Microsoft Server. Those trained will include information technology professionals and human resource and accounting personnel. Upon completion of training, the workers will have the necessary skills and training for IT jobs that offer an average hourly wage of $37.27, and some trainees may be eligible for advanced industry certifications.
"We have enjoyed a highly successful partnership with Rackspace in training the skilled workers they need to remain a leader in information technology," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "This is the workforce training of the future, preparing workers for high-tech, high-wage jobs in growing sectors of the economy with leading local and global employers, and we are proud to be a part of this investment in the future which will benefit individuals, their families, and our local and state economies."
"As the leading managed cloud company, Rackspace fully understands the importance of a highly engaged, cloud savvy workforce," said Aimee Hoyt, SVP of Human Resources at Rackspace. "We are thrilled to collaborate with Alamo Colleges and see this as an exciting step forward in our effort to bridge the IT skills gap."