Workforce Solutions gets $1.2 mil for rural job ed

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas recently was awarded a grant of about $1.2 million from the US Department of Education to improve postsecondary career education for rural students.

The funds, which will be provided over a three-year period, will go to help students find employment in high-demand, high-wage careers, Workforce Solutions said in a news release. Programs supported by the funds will include career awareness initiatives for middle and high school students, college and career advising for seniors and work-based learning opportunities.

The grant will be implemented in partnership with Cisco College, Hardin-Simmons University, and McMurry University and other institutions of higher learning, the release said, with support from employers in industries such as manufacturing and healthcare.

The grant will be presented at a ceremony Wednesday.

ACU establishes marriage-family center to honor Faulkners

Abilene Christian University on Friday announced the Paul and Gladys Faulkner Center for Marriage and Family.

The facility is named for the late Paul Faulkner, who for years enriched marriages through counseling with his college friend Carl Brecheen. A preacher, author, professor and counselor, Faulkner died July 5 at 92.

His wife died in 2016.

The center will offer speakers, events and resources for ACU, Abilene “and beyond,” according to a news release. It will be partially funded by an endowment.

It will be part of ACU’s Department of Marriage and Family Studies in the College of Biblical Studies.

Faulkner with Brecheen founded the Marriage Enrichment Seminar. Seminars were conducted in 33 states and seven countries over 32 years.

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