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First UpSkill training March 15; others to come

By Tiffany Gallegos-Whitley

This past month the application for UpSkill Waco’s first Industrial Maintenance training course was released. The training will be a seven-week course held at the Dewey Community Center starting March 15 and will prepare trainees for maintenance and repair worker jobs across any industry that uses machinery.

The course covers how to repair, maintain, install, and dismantle electrical instruments and equipment. We are looking to fill 10 seats with McLennan County residents, age 18+, that desire to start or advance their careers in a maintenance occupation. Trainees must have a GED or high school diploma. Scholarships are available for those with financial need to cover the training costs. Each trainee will also receive individual coaching and support, as well as job placement assistance.

I’m very excited to see the months of planning come to fruition. I am also extremely thankful for our partners at Texas State Technical College, Heart of Texas Goodwill, and the City of Waco who have worked alongside me to coordinate this first training.

But the work doesn’t stop there. We’re already setting plans to conduct more training courses this coming spring and summer in other industries such as healthcare, logistics, and the construction trades.

Anyone interested in applying for the Industrial Maintenance training, as well as a scholarship, can apply online here: For questions, reach out to or call 254-741-0081.

Tiffany Gallegos-Whitley is director of workforce initiatives for Prosper Waco.


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