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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 26 grants totaling $5 million to public community and technical colleges and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program.

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 26 grants totaling $5 million to public community and technical colleges and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program.

“I congratulate these JET grant recipients as they work to enhance educational curriculum and high-demand job training for students in our high schools and community colleges,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Through innovative partnerships between employers and educators, Texas students will have the education and skills to succeed in the workplace.”

Qualifying educational institutions were awarded a grant for the development of programs or courses leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree. TWC previously awarded 25 grants totaling $4,986,000 to public community and technical colleges and independent school districts. The equipment provided through these funds were used to train 5,394 students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

“By partnering with local colleges and independent school districts, these grants will prepare our future workforce to meet the needs of Texas employers for high-demand occupations,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “These grants will focus on advanced technical training, and will keep our Texas businesses competitive and our economy growing.”

The JET program provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for the purpose of developing career and technical education courses and may include courses offering dual-credit and technical education programs. The equipment must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

“The JET program is one of several initiatives administered by TWC to help prepare workers with high-demand job skills through the development of career and technical education programs,” said Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “These investments help meet existing and emerging needs in our communities, while creating opportunities for our students.”

The JET Advisory Board was established to assist TWC in administering these grants. The six-member board meets at least once each quarter, or as needed, to review applications and make recommendations on grant awards.

For more information on the JET Program, visit texasworkforce.org/jet or email jetgrants@twc.state.tx.us.

The Jobs and Education for Texans grant program awarded to 26 grant recipients are:

  • Community Colleges
    • Alvin Community College – $143,879 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 165 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
    • Coastal Bend College – $296,537 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 135 students in the medical profession with training for licensed practical and vocational nurses.
    • Dallas County Community College – Cedar Valley College – $322,707 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 930 students in the mechanical profession with training for automotive service technicians.
    • Del Mar College – $264,402 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 330 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
    • North Central Texas College – $331,839 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 145 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
    • Ranger College-Erath Campus – $192,850 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 80 students with training for machine tool operators and metalworkers.
    • South Texas College – $223,109 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 1,050 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
    • Southwest Texas Junior College – $309,760 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 150 students in the medical profession with training for emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
    • Texas State Technical College – $145,440 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 133 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
    • Victoria College – $269,477 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students with training for electrical and electronics engineering technicians.
  • Independent School Districts
    • Alice Independent School District – $337,912 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 76 students in the medical profession with training for medical and clinical technicians.
    • Alief Independent School District – $211,392 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 257 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
    • Bay City Independent School District – $68,696 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 280 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
    • Beeville Independent School District – $78,518 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 162 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
    • Bland Independent School District – $48,611- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 82 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
    • Eustace Independent School District – $100,326 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 192 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
    • Freer Independent School District – $58,425 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 76 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
    • Gainesville Independent School District – $345,831 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 140 students in the medical profession with training for vocational nurses.
    • Kingsville Independent School District – $159,309 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 143 students in the automotive industry with training for auto service technicians.
    • Odem – Edroy Independent School District – $129,330 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 108 students in the medical profession with training for nursing assistants.
    • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District – $342,740 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 180 students with training in advanced manufacturing technology to become machinists.
    • Poth Independent School District – $94,272 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 144 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
    • Red Oak Independent School District – $263,602 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 375 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
    • Rockdale Independent School District – $153,690 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
    • San Antonio Independent School District – $57,000 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 150 students in the computer sciences profession with training for software developers.
    • San Diego Independent School District – $50,346 – The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 100 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.

 

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