Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District Receives $268,408 Jobs and Education for Texans Grant

Date: April 29, 2019

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) a $268,408 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the district purchase and install equipment to provide students with training for careers in manufacturing.

“The JET program is one of several initiatives administered by TWC that helps students succeed and our economy grow,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “High-skills mean good careers and by partnering with Los Fresnos CISD, we’re furthering the state’s commitment to providing the training and equipment needed to develop a talent-rich workforce.”

The Jobs and Education for Texans grant program allocates $10 million each biennium to defray start-up costs associated with the development of career and technical education programs to public community and technical colleges, and independent school districts. Equipment funded through JET grants must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

“Providing our local workforce with opportunities to improve their skills and compete for high-demand jobs is why I support programs like this,” said state Rep. Alex Dominguez. “The Rio Grande Valley is a great beneficiary of these wonderful opportunities for our students thanks to the leadership of Commissioner Alvarez and the Texas Workforce Commission.”

 In 2018, TWC awarded 23 grants totaling $4,998,000 to public community and technical colleges and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting new, emerging industries or high-demand occupations through the JET grant program.

“Our economic development relies on a skilled workforce being available to entice and retain businesses,” said state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. “I’m proud to join my colleagues and TWC as the agency presents this JET grant to expand career training opportunities for our students.”

Eligible educational institutions can apply for the next phase of JET funding through a competitive grant process. TWC has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) solicitation that provides information and instruction on how to submit a proposal packet. Go to the JET Grant Program webpage to access the RFA Solicitation.

Los Fresnos CISD contact: Ronnie Zamora, Coordinator of Communications and Marketing, 956-254-5098, rzamora@lfcisd.net

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