The Office of Continuing Education at Navarro College announces its recent award of a skills development grant from the Texas Workforce Commission for $236,772.

A check presentation is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Sherwin Williams, 301 Plant Road, Ennis. Diane Rath, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, will present the check to Dr. Harold Nolte, campus president, Navarro College Ellis County campuses.

The grant will be used in training the employees of five local companies located in Ellis County. The college has partnered with Sherwin Williams, James Hardie, Walgreens, AEP and Chaparral Steel to train 305 employees, including 45 new employees. Training will include such courses as leadership, lean methodology, finance, electrical theory, hydraulics and pneumatics, welding and safety. Training began in June and will continue through May.

“This brings a total of four grants to the continuing education department since spring 2006 with a total of $674,927 for training,” said Chris Grams, director of Navarro College continuing education. “Congratulations to the team for all of their hard work.”

For more information on classes offered through the Navarro College Office of Continuing Education, call (972) 937-7612, or visit the Web site at