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Texas (January 5, 2005)
Texas Workforce Commission, Baylor University, and State Technical College Partner on Nanotechnology Manufacturing Program in Support of Workforce Development

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded a $500,000 grant to a statewide partnership led by Texas State Technical College-Waco (TSTC), Baylor University and Zyvex Corp., in which Baylor's Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) plays a significant role.

The Baylor-TSTC partnership, through CASPER's experimental research capability, will provide future nano-manufacturing technicians with research experience as a central part of their preparation for entry into the newly developing nanotechnology manufacturing workforce.

Governor Rick Perry, who announced the funding, said, "I anticipate this program to be extended and replicated by other nanotechnology companies and community colleges throughout the State of Texas giving Texas nanotechnology workers and employers a key competitive advantage against companies located throughout the Pacific Rim."

The full announcement about the grant may be found on the University of Baylor's Web site.