Texas: Governor Abbott Announces Over $1.2 Million In Career Training Grants To San Antonio-Area Schools

~ Governor Greg Abbott today announced that five San Antonio-area schools have been awarded Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants totaling more than $1.2 million by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grants will support career and technical education (CTE) training programs by helping the schools purchase and install equipment to train initially more than 1,600 students for high-demand occupations.

"The State of Texas is investing in our students by providing them with the training, education, and resources they need to succeed in Texas' diverse, booming economy," said Governor Abbott. "These five JET grants will empower our students to forge successful careers in high-demand industries, and I thank the Texas Workforce Commission and these schools for their partnership in building even brighter futures for young Texans."

TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel added: "With this award, San Antonio area CTE programs can provide young Texans the skills needed to succeed and quickly find a good job after graduation. TWC is committed to supporting the future workforce by partnering with local programs that will train students for jobs in critical fields."

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The five JET grants include: Alamo Colleges District – Northeast Lakeview College receiving a $189,401 grant to purchase and install equipment to initially train 75 students as network and computer systems administrators; North East Independent School District (ISD) receiving a $45,448 grant for equipment to train an initial 290 students in automotive services; San Antonio ISD receiving two grants: $454,551 for equipment to train an initial 934 students as chiropractors; $291,891 for equipment to train an initial 253 students as electrical and electronic engineering technicians; Southside ISD receiving a $289,073 grant for equipment to train an initial 128 students in welding.

Funding provided by the Texas Legislature each biennium is used by TWC through JET grants to defray start-up costs of developing career and technical education programs at public community colleges, state colleges, school districts, and charter schools. Equipment funded through JET grants must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

Governor Abbott concluded: "These JET grants are essential investments into our future workforce that will help ensure our young people have access to quality training opportunities that will prepare them for success."

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