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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2009

Comptroller Announces $2.26 Million in Equipment Grants for Job Training

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today 13 recipients of $2.26 million in Job Building Fund grants to help finance equipment purchases for new career and technical education programs that support high-growth industries throughout the state.

“I commend these institutions for rising to the challenge of addressing Texas’ work force needs,” Combs said. “These grants will help schools finance up-front costs as­sociated with equipment purchases related to their career and technical education programs, laying the foundation to prepare more Texans for employment in high-demand occupations.”

The Comptroller’s office selected the following institutions for Job Building Fund Grants: Angelina College (Lufkin), $250,000; Panola College (Carthage), $249,813; Lone Star College System (Cypress-Fairbanks area), $245,500; Alamo Community College District (San Antonio), $236,690; Wharton Community College, $229,318; Tyler Junior College, $208,500; Grayson County College (Denison), $188,460; Lamar State College — Orange, $150,000; Midland College, $144,500; Austin Community College District, $105,000; South Texas College (McAllen), $100,240; Trinity Valley Community College (Athens), $97,000; and El Paso Community College District, $52,445.

Schools that receive Job Building Fund grants must provide matching funds in the form of cash, equipment, materials, supplies and/or personnel costs. The Comptroller’s office selected grant recipients based on each project’s potential economic return to the state and on endeavors that involve dual-credit programs with local high schools or cooperative arrangements with other colleges. Priority was given to projects that target high-demand occupations and new or emerging industries.

The Job Building Fund is a component of the Comptroller’s $25 million Every Chance Funds program. The program also includes the $5 million Career and Technical Scholarship Fund, which allocates money for approved training programs for high-demand occupations, and the $10 million Launchpad Fund, which supports and expands existing nonprofit programs with a proven track record of good performance.

For more information about Every Chance Funds, visit Combs’ Texas Works report, which details the work force challenges facing Texas, is available on the Comptroller’s Web site at


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