Texas: Governor Abbott Announces Over $7.7 Million In Career Training Grants To Coastal Bend Schools

~ Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 17 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants totaling more than $7.7 million to 12 Coastal Bend-area educational institutions. The grants will support career and technical education (CTE) training programs by helping the schools purchase and install equipment to train initially more than 1,700 students for high-demand occupations.

At a ceremony held at Del Mar College's Oso Creek Campus, TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel presented the awards to state and local officials, school staff, and CTE students in attendance.

"The State of Texas continues to be able to provide the resources and training needed for our highly skilled, diverse workforce to excel and support our state's booming economy thanks to grants like these," said Governor Abbott. "I thank the Texas Workforce Commission and Texas' strong educational institutions for working together to ensure Texas students are set for success with thriving careers in high-demand industries. The future of Texas remains bright because of today's talented students."

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Chairman Daniel echoed Governor Abbott's sentiments: "Career and technical education programs supported through JET grants provide students with the skilled training they need for in-demand jobs while learning to use the same types of equipment they will find on the job. This is an exciting day for Texas and Coastal Bend communities as we celebrate their success and future opportunities."

The 17 JET grants include Alice Independent School District (ISD), Aransas Pass ISD, Aransas County ISD, Bloomington ISD, Brooks County ISD, Coastal Bend College, Corpus Christi ISD, Gregory-Portland ISD, Skidmore-Tynan ISD, Tuloso-Midway ISD, West Oso ISD, and Woodsboro ISD. Each grant will be used to purchase equipment that will train students in various fields such as nursing, physician assistantship welding professions HVAC installation pilots of water vessels chefs radiologic technicians medical assistantship among others.

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

For more information on the program visit TWC's JET webpage.

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