The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded 41 grants totaling $10,379,293 to multiple public community colleges, public technical institutes, public state college and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans grant program. Locally, recipients include South Texas College as well as Brownsville, Harlingen, La Joya and South Texas ISDs.
The JET grant program focuses on projects that develop training programs to prepare Texans for jobs in new, emerging industries and high-demand occupations.
Receiving $204,058 is South Texas College. The grant will help purchase and install equipment to initially serve 130 students. It will provide training in the occupation of architectural and civil drafters.
Brownsville ISD’s $329,060 will help purchase and install equipment to initially serve 165 students. LaJoya ISD received $316,407 to help purchase and install equipment to initially serve 130 students. South Texas ISD’s $332,500 will help purchase and install equipment to initially serve 24 students All three districts will use the funding to provide training in the occupation of welder, cutter, solder and brazer.
Harlingen ISD will use its $332,500 to help purchase and install equipment to initially serve 130 students. It will provide training in the occupation of police and sheriff’s patrol officers.
About Jobs and Education for Texan
“JET grants represent an important investment toward closing the middle skills gap in our state by creating opportunities for young Texans to pursue high-demand, well-paying jobs requiring only a short training period,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “As students make the transition into the workforce, it is essential for our economy they have the education and skills needed to succeed in the workplace.”
“There is no substitute for hands-on training that mimics real-world scenarios to set students up for success in highly skilled, high-demand careers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “JET grants provide eager learners with access to new, cutting-edge equipment that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest growing industries in the state.”
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 institutions must use equipment to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations. The JET program also supports employers by preparing students for careers in occupations that are identified by local businesses as being in high-demand.
“Congratulations to all of the JET grant recipients for their commitment to providing targeted training for their respective communities that will lead to employment opportunities in high-demand industries,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “These grants are a key tool in meeting the immediate and long-term needs of our Texas employers, while also providing pathways to success for hardworking Texans.”
Applying for JET
Eligible educational institutions can apply for the next phase of JET funding through a competitive grant process. TWC will issue a Request for Applications solicitation to provide information and instruction on how to submit a proposal packet. A link will be provided on the JET Grant Program webpage, which can be used to access the RFA once it becomes available.