Texas A&M receives grant to help vets

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The National Center for Therapeutic Manufacturing (NCTM) will help train military veterans thanks to a new grant announced on Tuesday.

NCTM, a workforce development center within Texas A&M's Engineering Experiment Station, received a Wagner-Peyser grant from the Office of the Governor. The program, called Military Veterans Manufacturing Vaccines, will provide scholarships to veterans accepted into the program.

“Combining the mission of this crucial program with providing jobs to our military veterans is another reminder of the tremendous emphasis The Texas A&M University System places on supporting our veterans' success in both higher education and career paths in further service to the state and the nation,” John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System, said.

Veterans will be trained to be upstream and downstream manufacturing technicians for the growing biopharmaceutical industry in Texas, and will complete the NCTM's Biomanufacturing Technician Certification. The certification is a four-week blended learning program that includes intensive hands-on labs and exercises.

The Research Valley Biocorridor in Texas contains high-tech pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that require highly specialized and trained workers to “produce vaccines and therapeutic products” to help treat, prevent and cure disease or injuries, the university said.

Graduates will also be assisted in finding employment within the biotechnology community in the state. The grant will help continue Texas A&M's dedication to aiding veterans in achieving success through education and job placement initiatives.

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