One local college and four independent school districts are the recipients of $850,892 in grants from the Texas Workforce Commission. The funds are for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans grant program.
The award total for 27 JET grants is $5,718,073 in 27 grants. Funds go to multiple public community colleges, technical institutes, state colleges and ISDs for programs.
“I congratulate these JET recipients as they work to enhance educational curriculum and high-demand job training for students in our high schools and community colleges,” said Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas students will have the advanced skills in the workplace to help meet the demands of the 21st century.”
Local grant recipients are:
South Texas College – $75,807 to help purchase and install equipment to provide 575 students with training in the occupation of registered nurse.
Brownsville ISD – $300,000 to help purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students with training in the occupation of industrial machinery mechanic.
Weslaco ISD – $268,501 to help purchase and install equipment to provide 199 students with training in the occupation of welder, cutter, solder and brazer.
The JET program provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for the purpose of developing career and technical education programs or courses leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree. The equipment must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.
“By giving students the opportunity to train and learn on the same equipment they will use in the field, JET grants ensure that the future workforce of Texas is equipped with the skills necessary to be competitive,” said Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.