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May 15, 2012

Comptroller Awards $3 Million to Texas Community Colleges for Training Equipment

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced another round of grants for 11 community colleges and technical institutes totaling $3 million, which will be used to purchase equipment and train students to enter the workforce.

The grants are distributed through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) program, which promotes career and technical training and has been administered by the Comptroller’s office since 2009.

"There are critical jobs that need to be filled as soon as possible," Combs said. “These grants will help students move one step closer to employment in fields that are very important to Texas’ diverse economy.”

Since 2009, community colleges and technical institutes have been awarded $16 million to buy career training equipment.

The newest equipment grants go to the following:

Applicant Location Related Training Program Grant Amount
Frank Phillips College Borger Electrical & Engineering Technician $142,434
Kilgore College Kilgore Welding Technician $349,347
Texas State Technical College West Texas Sweetwater Welding Technician $278,712
Vernon College Vernon EMT or Paramedic $228,048
Blinn College Brenham Registered Nurse $292,177
McLennan Community College Waco Registered Nurse $340,918
North Central Texas College Gainesville Geological & Petroleum Technician $332,457
Paris Junior College Paris Maintenance & Repair Technician $314,520
Texarkana College Texarkana Industry Machinery Mechanic $330,250
Northeast Texas Community College Mt. Pleasant Industrial Engineering Technician $232,532
Brazosport College Lake Jackson Welding Technician $332,500
Total $3,173,895

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

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