How about some good news for a change?
Some local businesses have partnered with Angelina College to provide a great opportunity for employees and their families. According to a media release from Angelina College, Pilgrim’s Lufkin and Pilgrim’s Nacogdoches recently announced a partnership with Angelina College to offer free tuition to qualified team members and their loved ones. The first class of students will be admitted for the upcoming school year 2021/2022.
The nationwide Pilgrim’s Better Futures program removes a major financial barrier to college and aims to become the largest free community college study program in rural America. The Pilgrim and Angelina College representatives will also help team members – many from first generation American families – navigate the application process, which can be daunting for first-time college applicants.
“Pilgrim’s Lufkin is grateful for our partnership with Angelina College to provide quality education to our team members and their children,” said Nathan McDowell, Pilgrim Plant Manager at Lufkin. “Removing barriers to earning a college degree or technical certificate provides significant opportunities that will benefit the Lufkin community.”
“We really appreciate having a partner who believes in good corporate citizenship by investing in their people and in the communities they serve,” said Dr. Michael Simon, President of Angelina College. “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship for the benefit of the Pilgrim employees.”
As a major employer in many rural communities, Pilgrim’s believes that access to community colleges and technical training programs can help play a role in building sustainable rural economies and changing people’s lives in a sustainable and meaningful way.
“The Nacogdoches community has better and better prospects for the future,” said Jose Cabrera, Pilgrim’s plant manager in Nacogdoches. “Pilgrim’s Nacogdoches is excited about our partnership with Angelina College to offer our team members and their families convenient, tuition-free education and training.”
“With the wide variety of programs and certificates Angelina College offers, employees have a variety of course options,” said Krista Brown, executive director of Marketing and Strategic Enrollment, Angelina College Personal and Hybrid Classes for Employees and Family Members . In addition, we remove all barriers by letting our approval, grant, and registration teams perform these processes at each plant. We are very excited to have the opportunity to serve the Pilgrim staff. and their relatives. “
The Better Futures program announced in March is part of the company’s Hometown Strong initiative announced last year. Strengthening the communities in which Pilgrim team members live and work is an ongoing priority.
The funding for Better Futures is in addition to Pilgrim’s initial $ 20 million investment for Hometown Strong. This investment will enable Pilgrim’s to further develop commitment to its team members and people in communities across the country. To learn more, visit betterfutures.jbssa.com.
The combined Pilgrim facilities of Lufkin and Nacogdoches employ nearly 3,000 people with combined annual salaries of approximately $ 120 million.
Pictured above are (LR) Krista Brown, Angelina College Executive Director of Marketing and Strategic Enrollment; Christian Dempsey, manager of the Pilgrim Pride Complex; Arturo Fernandez, Pilgrim’s Pride Human Resources Manager; and Dr. Michael Simon, President of Angelina College.