SAN ANTONIO — Applications are now open for the next round of the TXFAME (Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) program, which offers job skills training while participants earn an associate degree and work paying roles within partner companies. Many graduates leave the program debt-free, with full-time offers for competitively-paying careers.

Jonathan Bravo was already working at H-E-B when he began the program, but wanted his career to grow and says he's now an Associate Team Leader with the company.

"It opened up a branch of opportunities that I didn’t have before," Bravo said. "After I went through the program and learned those hard skills that I didn’t have before, it taught me a different level of discipline and different level of respect for another side of the business."

TXFAME teaches skills needed for "advanced manufacturing" jobs at companies like Toyota, its suppliers, H-E-B and Caterpillar. Tuesday, those companies and Bexar County invited the community to apply for the next class, which will learn skills specifically suited for high-paying roles with local companies.

Students take classes while working for pay on other days at sponsoring businesses, with a high likelihood of earning a full-time job when the program is over.

Bexar County hopes that supporting the program will help the area to continue providing a skilled workforce that can fill roles for both existing employers and companies considering expansion to the San Antonio area.

To apply for the program or to learn more about what it offers and what opportunities are available, visit the TXFAME website.

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