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State of Texas
TWC Awards Grants to Support Career Training Through Jobs and Education for Texans Grant Program
News Release
Friday, September 07, 2018

Nearly $5 Million awarded to 23 colleges and ISDs to target high-demand jobs

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 23 grants totaling $4,998,598 to public junior 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.

“These grants will focus on advanced technical training, and will keep our Texas businesses competitive and our economy strong,” said TWCChair Ruth R. Hughs. “By providing JET funding to our schools, we will produce the highest quality of candidates for our Texas employers in high-demand occupations as well as new emerging industries.”

Qualifying educational institutions were awarded a grant for the development of programs or courses leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree. The JET grant program focuses on projects that target high-demand jobs in new or emerging industries.

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 equipment must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

“By partnering with local colleges and independent school districts, these grants will help our future workforce to explore in-demand careers across various industries and prepare our future workforce to meet the needs of Texas employers for high-demand occupations, strengthening our workforce of tomorrow,” 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.

Eligible educational institutions can apply for the next phase of JET funding through a competitive grant process. TWC has issued a Request for Application (RFA) solicitation that provides information and instruction on how to submit a proposal packet. A link is provided on the JET Grant Program webpage, which can be used to access the RFA Solicitation.

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 Colleges

  • Coastal Bend College - $272,196 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 265 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Lamar State College – Port Arthur - $169,494 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 143 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
  • Trinity Valley Community College - $ 279,139 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 255 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
  • Ranger College - $ 243,032 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 130 students in the manufacturing profession with training for machinery maintenance workers.
  • Brazosport College - $300,000 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 295 students in the oil and gas profession with training for chemical plant and systems operators.
  • Vernon College - $138,672 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 240 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
  • South Texas College - $249,096 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 1,322 students in the IT profession with training for computer systems analysts.
  • Alvin Community College - $243,556 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 185 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
  • Tyler Junior College - $261,975 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 487 students in the medical profession with training for registered nurses.
  • Texas Southmost College - $282,509 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 138 students in the service industry profession with training for automotive service technicians and mechanics.

Independent School Districts              

  • Donna Independent School District - $208,383 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 333 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.         
  • Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District - $268,408 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 370 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Gregory-Portland Independent School District - $251,828 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 137 students in the medical profession with training for medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
  • Skidmore-Tynan Independent School District - $52,105 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 82 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Raymondville Independent School District - $271,472 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 126 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Brackett Independent School District - $53,037 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 76 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District - $280,630 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 320 students in the medical profession with training for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
  • Beaumont Independent School District - $123,356 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 129 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Laredo Independent School District - $267,905 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 310 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Terrell Independent School District - $287,304 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 135 students in the manufacturing profession with training for engineers.
  • Hidalgo Independent School District - $95,323 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 84 students in the medical profession with training for pharmacy technicians.
  • Corpus Christi Independent School District - $282,766 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 185 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.
  • Harlingen Independent School District - $116,412 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 188 students in the manufacturing profession with training for electrical and electronical engineering technicians.



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