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For Immediate Release
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 College||Lake Jackson||Electrician||$288,325|
|Hill College||Hillsboro||Welding Technician||$282,281|
|Navarro College||Corsicana||Geological & Petroleum Technician||$150,176|
|Northeast Texas Community College||Mt. Pleasant||Dental Hygienist||$202,785|
|South Texas College||McAllen||Registered Nurse||$336,229|
|Temple College||Temple||Registered Nurse||$335,580|
|Texarkana College||Texarkana||Welding Technician||$289,248|
|Texas State Technical College Marshall||Marshall||Network & Computer Systems Administrator||$349,734|
|Texas State Technical College Waco||Waco||Mechanical Engineering Technician||$290,939|
|Weatherford College||Weatherford||HVAC Mechanics & Installers||$170,786|
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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