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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
September 29, 2010

Texas Comptroller Awards $388,000 in Equipment Grants
to Nine Community Colleges

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs will award nine community colleges across the state more than $388,000 in grant funds to help finance equipment purchases for new career and technical education programs that support fast-growing industries. The grant money from the Job Building Fund helps Texans attain technical training for careers in high-demand occupations.

“I look forward to seeing how this final round of Job Building Fund grants will strengthen vital educational programs across the state,” Combs said. “The types of in-demand programs receiving funds often face increasing enrollment, creating strains for institutions that these grants will help alleviate.”

This is the fourth and final round of awards from the $10 million Job Building Fund grant program created by the 2009 Legislature. Combs previously awarded approximately $3.84 million to 22 colleges in June 2010; $3.51 million to 17 colleges in March 2010; and $2.26 million to 13 schools in December 2009.

The nine following community colleges will receive a total of $388,067 in funding:
Applicant Location Related Training Program

Grant Amount

Alamo Community College San Antonio Manufacturing Technician
$33,605
Austin Community College Austin Biology/Biotechnology Lab Technician
$42,450
Coastal Bend College Beeville Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
$45,000
Galveston College Galveston Industrial Technician
$44,985
McLennan Community College Waco Associates Degree Nursing
$45,000
North Central Texas College Gainesville Engineering Technician
$44,373
Texarkana College Texarkana Associates Degree Nursing
$43,400
Texas State Technical College Harlingen Harlingen Associates Degree Welding Technician
$45,000
Tyler Junior College Tyler Associates Degree Nursing
$44,254
Total requested

$388,067

“These programs prepare Texans for high-paying, in-demand jobs that are vital to the state’s economy,” Combs said. “Students are able to augment their earning potential, and communities benefit from a better-trained work force.”

View more details about the Job Building Fund at http://www.everychanceeverytexan.org/funds/job_building/#award.

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 www.everychanceeverytexan.org/funds.

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