South Plains College is helping people in Plainview after they faced dark days earlier this year.
The town's largest employer, Cargill Meat Solutions, closed its doors in February because of the drought and a tight cattle supply. Now, leaders say brighter days are ahead.
A new $475,000 grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will allow South Plains College (SPC) to build a new training center in Plainview.
It could help people who are still looking for work after being laid off from Cargill.
Some say the timing could not be better because unemployment benefits could soon run out.
"It's difficult to find jobs in Plainview," said Reyna Garcia.
Garcia's mother worked for Cargill for nearly eight years before she was laid off along with 2,000 other workers.
"This is great news that South Plains College is going to invest in our community, build a new technology center," said Plainview city councilmember V.O. Ortega.
The new 10,000 square foot facility will be located right next to the South Plains College Plainview Extension center.
It will provide training opportunities such as industrial manufacturing, welding technology, HVCA, electrical, plumbing, construction, and other trades for those who lost their jobs.
"This is a great location with Walmart just north of us and Covenant hospital just north and South Plains College already established here, it's a great location," Ortega said.
The entire project is estimated to cost $1,000,000. A press released states that along with the $475,000 from the EDA, additional funds have been donated.
"It provides retraining for our current folks but it does provide training for our workforce for our tomorrow," said Ortega.
"The more education you have the better because they're not just going to hire somebody that doesn't have an education."
SPC will break ground in 30 days and the final project is expected to be completed by September 2014.
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