Governor Abbott Announces Over $2.5 Million In Career Training Grants To West Central Texas Schools

September 28, 2023 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today announced six Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants totaling more than $2.5 million have been awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to four schools in West Central Texas. The JET grants will support career and technical education (CTE) training programs by helping the schools purchase and install equipment to initially train over 540 students for high-demand careers as emergency medical technicians, welders, medical assistants, electro-mechanical technicians, and HVAC mechanics.  
“Investing in our young and growing workforce is crucial for Texas to remain the premier destination for business relocation and expansion projects,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank the Texas Workforce Commission for their work to foster vital partnerships with schools across our great state to ensure that Texas students have the training and resources they need to pursue high-demand jobs in our thriving economy. Together, we will continue to build a brighter, more prosperous future for generations to come.”
“CTE training programs are a valuable model for career pathways for the future of the Texas workforce,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “The JET grants presented today will help prepare students for increasing opportunities in trade industries in the Lone Star State.”
Earlier today, TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel presented the awards at a ceremony attended by state and local officials, school staff, and CTE students at Ranger College.   
The six JET grants include:  

  • Abilene Independent School District (ISD): a $217,336 grant to train 264 students as welders in partnership with Texas State Technical College System.
  • De Leon ISD: a $190,254 grant to train 78 students as medical assistants in partnership with Ranger College.
  • Hamlin Consolidated ISD: 
    • a $494,741 grant for equipment to train 25 students as electro-mechanical technicians in partnership with Cisco Junior College.
    • a $731,424 grant to train 25 students as welders in partnership with Cisco Junior College.
    • a $619,748 grant to train 25 students as HVAC mechanics in partnership with Cisco Junior College.
  • Ranger College: a $277,405 grant for equipment to train 125 students as emergency medical technicians.

Through funding provided by the Texas Legislature each biennium, TWC uses JET grants to defray start-up costs to develop career and technical education programs for the public community, state and technical colleges, school districts, and charter schools. Equipment funded through JET grants must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.    
Learn more about TWC’s JET grant program.