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NTCC, TWC celebrate training partnership with Newly Weds Foods

February 22, 2024

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Pictured: Front row (from left) is Jimmy Smith, NTCC; Commissioner Alberto Treviño, III; Mechanic Clemente Zapata; and Dr. Ron Clinton, NTCC. Second row (from left) is:  Newly Weds Foods Plant Manager George Winchester; Mechanics Andres Nava, Daniel Reames, Fernando Gonzalez; and PLC Instructor Mark Blair. Third row (from left) is Maintenance Manager Margarito Serna; Mechanics, Rudi Pastrana, Chris Pierce, Jitendra Mistry, and Jeremie Shuler. 

Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) hosted a check presentation ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Newly Weds Foods in Mount Pleasant. The event celebrated a training partnership between NTCC and Newly Weds Foods that was made possible thanks to a $193,372 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Commissioner Alberto Treviño, III, Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor, was in attendance for the occasion. Click to view story on KETK!

“The grant presented today supports training programs for workers needing to expand their technical knowledge and earning potential,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Alberto Treviño III. “Congratulations to Northeast Texas Community College, Newly Weds Foods and Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas for collaborating and working together to increase the workforce pipeline in Northeast Texas.”

George Winchester, Newly Weds Food Mount Pleasant Plant Manager, spoke about the value of the training partnership and how it has impacted the company’s ability to cultivate its workforce.

“Grants like this one have been critical for us developing our workforce. When we started here in Mount Pleasant none of our early employees knew much about the kind of work we do. Texas Workforce Commission grants and our partnership with NTCC have been invaluable over the years and we now offer more training opportunities than any of the other Newly Weds Foods plants in the country,” Winchester said.

Dr. Ron Clinton, NTCC President, and Jimmy Smith, NTCC Director of Continuing Education and Corporate Training, gave remarks on behalf of NTCC.

“We are grateful to the Workforce Commission for making this partnership possible and we are honored that Commissioner Treviño was able to join us for the check presentation ceremony. This is just one example of the great things that can happen when organizations work together,” Smith said.

The grant is currently providing businesses technical and general technical training for Newly Weds Foods employees. In the past they have offered training options for employees ranging from maintenance to leadership skills. Businesses interested in partnering with NTCC to offer training for employees are encouraged to reach out to Smith at 903-434-8330 or You can also learn more at

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