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September 28, 2011

Sonography Equipment at Amarillo College
Funded by JET Grant

(AMARILLO) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs paid a visit to Amarillo College today to present college officials a $100,000 state JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant to help train students for jobs in sonography. The grant money, along with matching funds from BSA Health System and Northwest Texas Healthcare System, will help equip Amarillo College’s new sonography department with two new sonogram machines, which use sound waves to perform a non-invasive examination.

“With its new Associate Degree program in sonography, Amarillo College is taking an important step toward easing the shortage of health care professionals in the panhandle,” Combs said. “The need for sonographers is becoming more acute as Medicaid and insurance companies tighten their reimbursement rules for sonograms performed by non-certified practitioners.”

“Without the JET grant, this sonography program would not have been developed. The local hospital community has wanted this program for at least 10 years, and now, with the help from the JET program, it has begun,” said Cindy Manchester, Sonography Program Director at Amarillo College.

Texas faces a growing shortage of skilled workers to fill technical positions in engineering, science, precision production, mechanical, health care and other industries. In 2009, the Texas Legislature created the JET program to help meet this demand and ensure a strong future for Texas.

In the last two years, $10 million in grants to fund job training equipment have been awarded to 39 college districts, three state colleges and two public technical colleges. Annually, an estimated 8,288 students will be served by JET-funded equipment.

To learn more about the JET program’s tuition assistance and equipment grants, visit EveryChanceEveryTexan.org.

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