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Big checks assure future of job training program

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DENISON, Texas -- A program designed to help area high school students graduate with a manufacturing certificate reached its goal on Monday.

The Advanced Manufacturing Program at Grayson College has been raising money to buy equipment. The State of Texas offered to add $200,000 to the program if that amount could be raised locally.

Thanks to big donations from Emerson ($40,000), Denison Industries ($5,000), the Texas Workforce Commission ($100,000) and Champion Cooler ($8,000), that high bar was reached.

"Back in 2011, we started a program with just one student,"  said Brian Aspell, vice president at Champion Coolers. "Now we've got a whole community, a whole state, and everybody behind everything we're doing. This is the future of education; this is why it's so important that public education remains firm."

The $1.4 million Advanced Manufacturing Lab is under construction at Grayson College. It's expected to be ready for student training starting early next year.

Grayson College is working with the Sherman, Denison, Whitesboro and Pottsboro school districts; the Sherman Economic Development Corporation; the Denison Development Alliance; and Workforce Solutions Texoma to train potential employees for manufacturing jobs. There is no tuition involved.

Interested high school students should check with their guidance counselor for more information.

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