Tuition-free HR Specialist Certificate classes available for qualified displaced workers


Kilgore College Workforce Development has several openings for qualified displaced workers to take advantage of tuition-free HR Specialist Certificate classes beginning Sept. 4.

The free classes are thanks to a $500,000 Texas Talent Connection (II) Grant the college received in July.

The HR Specialist Certificate, which can be completed in eight weeks, helps job applicants become more competitive when applying for HR positions.

In addition to human resource classes, displaced workers who apply and meet certain qualifications can also take tuition-free courses at KC in Transportation – Commercial Driving; Manufacturing - Advanced Welding; Electrical – Industrial and Residential.

Displaced workers within the 14-county Workforce Solutions East Texas Board area who are interested in skill upgrades and/or retraining in one of four industry areas are eligible to apply for acceptance.

Counties included in the grant include Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

To qualify for the tuition-free courses, individuals must be “displaced” in that they’ve been laid off because their employer closed a plant or division; moved or abolished their position; or simply had insufficient work for them; as well as some service members who leave the military.

The Texas Talent Connection grant program is funded by Wagner-Peyser 7(b) federal funds, which are allocated to each State Office of the Governor on July 1 of each year for grants to fund workforce training and job placement services.

“With so many displaced workers in the East Texas area needing workforce training, we are thrilled to receive this grant.  Displaced workers who meet the qualifications will have a tuition-free opportunity to obtain cutting-edge technology skills through these training courses.  These learned skills can potentially lead to exciting career opportunities that produce living-wage compensation,” said Martha Woodruff, director of KC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

This is the second time KC has been awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission with Wagner-Peyser 7(b) program funds.  The college was first awarded in 2016 with a $500,000 Wagner-Peyser 7(b) grant that provided 100 displaced workers with tuition-free courses.

Space is limited so students are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Brenda Brown at 903-983-8288 or visit

KC offering SHRM classes beginning soon

KC will also offer several Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) courses beginning soon that can give students the edge they need to lead in a competitive workforce.

'Essentials of Human Resources' classes will begin Friday, Sept. 14.  This 18-hour certificate program is perfect for anyone new to human resources or for anyone who wants to strengthen their employee management skills.

A 12-hour class, “Customer Service Essentials for Human Resources,” also begins Friday, Sept. 14, on the Kilgore campus.

The classes will cover techniques for providing excellent human resource support to a diverse customer base. It will focus on types of customers and their needs; strategies to provide quality customer service; and how to apply problem-solving techniques to resolve both internal and external human resource challenges.

Space is limited so students are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Brenda Brown at 903-983-8288 or visit


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