TWC Awards $5.7 Million from the Jobs and Education for Texans Grant Program to 27 Colleges and ISDs to Support Career Training

Date: May. 24, 2019

Media Contact: Margaret Hession
Phone: 512-463-8942

 

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 27 grants totaling $5,718,073 to multiple public community colleges, public technical institutes, public state 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 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. “Through innovative partnerships between employers and educators, Texas students will have the advanced skills in the workplace to help meet the demands of the 21st century.”

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.

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 recipients are:

Community, Technical and State Colleges

Angelina County Junior College District - $299,232- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students with training in the occupation of registered nurse.

College of the Mainland - $188,713- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 453 students with training in the occupation of chemical plant and systems operator.

Frank Phillips Junior College - $274,761- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 80 students with training in the occupation of production technician.

Lamar State College-Orange - $184,908- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 168 students with training in the occupation of petroleum pump system operator, refinery operator and gauger.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur - $240,849- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 186 students with training in the occupation of chemical plant and systems operator.

Laredo College - $234,607- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 137 students with training in the occupation of registered nurse.

Lee College - $148,670- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 66 students with training in the occupation of truck driver (heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers).

Northeast Texas Community College - $280,719- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 85 students with training in the occupation of medical assistant.

South Texas College - $75,807- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 575 students with training in the occupation of registered nurse.

Southwest Texas Junior College - $284,917- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 135 students with training in occupation of auto service technician and mechanic.

Texarkana College - $196,534- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students with training in the occupation of bus and truck mechanic and diesel engine specialist.

Wharton County Junior College - $279,300- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 171 students with training in the occupation of chemical plant and systems operator.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Independent School Districts

Beeville ISD - $248,079 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 152 students with training in the occupation of welder, cutter, solder and brazer.

Brownsville ISD - $300,000 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students with training in the occupation of industrial machinery mechanic.

Calallen ISD - $126,722 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 170 students with training in the occupation of registered nurse.

Grand Prairie ISD - $248,078 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 295 students with training in the occupation of electrical and electronical engineering technician.

LaPoynor ISD - $209,950 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students with training in the occupation of welder, cutter, solder and brazer.

Mineola ISD - $257,908 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 155 students with training in the occupation of welder, cutter, solder and brazer.

Mineral Wells ISD - $176,837- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 100 students with training in the occupation of logistician.

Mission CISD - $206,584- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 327 students with training in the occupation of welder, cutter, solder and brazer.

Monte Alto ISD - $112,614- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 125 students with training in the occupation of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse.

Robstown ISD - $188,328- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 50 students with training in the occupation of chemical plant and systems operator.

Santa Maria ISD - $136,012- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 125 students with training in the occupation of structural metal fabricator and fitter.

Sinton ISD - $281,712- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 135 students with training in the occupation of registered nurse.

Taft ISD - $130,074- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 80 students with training in the occupation of electrical and electronical engineering technician.

Weslaco ISD - $268,501- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 199 students with training in the occupation of welder, cutter, solder and brazer.

Wortham ISD - $137,657- The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 84 students with training in the occupation of welder, cutter, solder and brazer.

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