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Texas School Districts Receive $7 Million in Grant

More than $7 million in grants goes to 14 local school districts and colleges to support training programs for in-demand jobs.

“Texas continues to develop a highly skilled and diverse workforce through major investments in vocational and technical education programs for our students,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news release.

Abbott announced 152 grants totaling over $54 million from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on Dec. 28.

Job and Education for Texans (JET) grants have been awarded to the community, the state, technical colleges, school districts, and open enrollment charter schools throughout the state.

“The JET grants represent an important investment by TWC in providing training opportunities for in-demand occupations both now and in the future,” said TWC Chairman Brian Daniel.

The funding will be used to purchase equipment to build or expand vocational and technical education programs.

Programs that receive funding must offer Texas students the opportunity to earn a license, certificate, or higher education in nursing, welding, auto repair, and dentistry.

“It’s important to identify high-demand jobs, but it’s critical to proactively allocate resources to ensure Texans are ready to meet those labor needs,” Daniel said.

Among local recipients of JET grants:

  • Arlington ISD
    • Registered Nurse Program – $347,933 to purchase and install equipment for initial care of 700 students.
    • Automotive Maintenance Technician and Mechanic Program – $115,310 to purchase and install equipment for initial maintenance of 150 students.
  • Farmersville ISD
    • Agricultural Engineers Program – $746,743 to purchase and install equipment for initial care of 169 students.
    • Marketing Managers Program – $702,240 – to help purchase and install equipment for initial service to 132 students.
  • Forni ISD
    • Registered Nurse Program – $136,036 to purchase and install equipment for initial care of 150 students.
  • Kaufman ISD
    • Mechanical Engineer Program – $98,457 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 135 students.
  • Keller ISD
    • Electricians Program – $410,584 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 179 students.
    • HVAC Mechanics and Installers Program – $651,852 to purchase and install equipment for initial maintenance of 174 people.
    • Welding Program – $677,849 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 362 students.
  • Camp ISD
    • Welding Program – $208,145 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 130 students.
  • Lovejoy ISD
    • Electronic Engineer Program – $446,763 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 200 students.
  • Maperl ISD
    • First Line Mechanical Supervisor Program – $696,605 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 126 students.
  • Thioga ISD
    • General and Operations Manager Program – $30,743 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 75 students.
  • Weatherford ISD
    • First Line Mechanical Supervisor Program – $337,354 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 298 students.
    • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Specialists Program – $151,813 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 225 students.
    • Catering Manager – $129,341 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 647 students.
  • Collin County Community College District
    • Welding Program – $332,365 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 140 students.
  • Grayson College
    • Industrial Equipment Mechanic Program – $349,999 to purchase and install equipment for initial maintenance of 80 students.
  • Navarro College
    • Welding Program – $349,999 to purchase and install equipment for initial service to 129 students.
  • North Central Texas College
    • Registered Nurse Program – $331,827 to purchase and install equipment for initial care of 130 students.

For a complete list of statewide grant recipients, click here.

The $54 million grant is provided by the Texas Legislature and is approved by the governor every two years.

“With these more than $54 million in job training grants, more Texans will be able to get well-paying jobs in high-demand careers across the state. Texas is a land of economic opportunity, and I thank TWC for their continued efforts to ensure that our students can grow and prosper in our state’s booming economy,” said Abbott.

The JET Advisory Board was formed to help TWC manage these grants. For more information about the JET program, click here or email [email protected]

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