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February 29, 2012

Comptroller Awards $3 Million For Cutting-Edge Training Equipment In Texas Community Colleges

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced that 11 community colleges and technical institutes will receive $3 million in grants to buy equipment to train students in critical workforce skills. The new round of grants comes from the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET), a career training grant program administered by the Comptroller’s office since 2009.

“The hands-on training students get with JET-purchased equipment can help them enter the job market quickly,” Combs said. “Students around Texas are learning valuable skills to fill technical positions in engineering, science, computer-aided precision production, healthcare and other industries. Institutions estimate that equipment bought with JET grants will train approximately 54,000 students over the life of that equipment.”

The newest equipment grants go to the following:

Applicant Location Related Training Program Grant Amount
Brazosport CollegeLake JacksonElectrician$288,325
Hill CollegeHillsboroWelding Technician$282,281
Lee CollegeBaytownElectrician$314,193
Navarro CollegeCorsicanaGeological & Petroleum Technician$150,176
Northeast Texas Community CollegeMt. PleasantDental Hygienist$202,785
South Texas CollegeMcAllenRegistered Nurse$336,229
Temple CollegeTempleRegistered Nurse$335,580
Texarkana CollegeTexarkanaWelding Technician$289,248
Texas State Technical College MarshallMarshallNetwork & Computer Systems Administrator$349,734
Texas State Technical College WacoWacoMechanical Engineering Technician$290,939
Weatherford CollegeWeatherfordHVAC Mechanics & Installers$170,786
Total $3,010,276

Since 2009, community colleges and technical institutes have been awarded $13 million to buy career training equipment.

More information on the JET program can be found at http://www.everychanceeverytexan.org/funds/index.php.

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