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The JET grants will help the schools purchase and install equipment to initially train 1,246 students for high-demand occupations such as plumbers, transportation workers, nurses, welders, diesel mechanic specialists, and more.
"Texas continues to invest in career training programs to help our students secure good-paying jobs and meet the needs of our growing state," said Governor Abbott. "Thanks to partnerships with schools across our state by the Texas Workforce Commission, we will help young Texans chart a course toward successful careers in the workforce of tomorrow."
TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel presented 12 of the awards at a ceremony attended by state and local officials, school staff, and CTE students at Lamar Institute of Technology. The 12 JET grants included: Lamar State College – Orange receiving two grants; one for $274,811 to train 125 students as petroleum pump system operators and another for $159,780 to train 126 students as transportation workers; Lamar State College - Port Arthur receiving two grants; one for $251,734 to train 80 students as HVAC mechanics and another for $310,616 to train 10 students as licensed nurses; Woodville Independent School District (ISD) receiving two grants; one for $97,812 to train 126 students as plumbers in partnership with Lee College and another for $516,024 to train 126 students as welders in partnership with Lamar Institute of Technology; Deweyville ISD receiving a grant for $257,386 to train 126 students as HVAC mechanics in partnership with Lamar Institute of Technology; Spurger ISD receiving a grant for $368,058 to train 30 students as welders in partnership with Lamar Institute of Technology; Newton ISD receiving a grant for $99,512 to train 76 students as welders in partnership with Lamar Institute of Technology; Jasper ISD receiving two grants; one for $564,658 to train 45 students as welders in partnership with Lamar Institute of Technology and another for $127,956 to train 25 students as nurses in partnership with Lamar State College – Port Arthur; plus a grant for $171,057to train 30 students as electricians in partnership with Lamar State College – Port Arthur.
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TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Alberto Treviño III also presented four awards yesterday at a ceremony attended by school administrators, state officials local stakeholders and CTE Students at Frank Phillips College. These JET Grants included: Frank Phillips College receiving a grant for $212 515for equipmentto train 50 Studentsas diesel mechanic specialists; Amarillo College receiving a grantfor$346 340to Train 80 Studentsas industrial machinery mechanics ; Perryton Independent School District (ISD)receivinga Grantfor$232 225to Train 141 Studentsas weldersin Partnershipwith Frank PhillipsCollege ; Sunray ISDreceivinga Grantfor$172 810to Train 50 Studentsas weldersin Partnershipwith AmarilloCollege .
Through funding provided by the Texas Legislature each biennium TWC uses JET Grants To defray start-up costs To develop careerand technical education programs For The public community stateand technical colleges school districtsand charter schools . Equipment funded through JET Grants Must Be used To Train Students For Jobs In high-demand occupations .
The awarding of these JET Grants is an important step towards helping young Texans secure successful careers in tomorrow's workforce. TWC is committed towards investing into its workforce that supports the Lone Star State's record-breaking economy.
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