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March 6, 2014

Comptroller Susan Combs Announces More Grants to Train Students for High-Demand Jobs in Texas

(AUSTIN) —The Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Advisory Board, chaired by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, today approved approximately $5 million in grants to help public junior colleges and technical institutes purchase technical training equipment. Grants were awarded to 18 applicants following a review process.  

“These grants will help students get hands-on training in a range of occupations that are vital to the state’s continuing prosperity,” Combs said. “We have diverse economic sectors that require technical skills for which our workforce needs to be trained. The grants approved today cover equipment in programs such as the oil and gas sector, manufacturing, healthcare and mechanics.”

During the last legislative session, lawmakers appropriated $10 million for equipment grants. Following today’s round of grant approvals, a request for applications for the remaining $5 million is expected to be issued within the next month.

The JET grant program for equipment began in 2009, and approximately $16.7 million has previously been awarded.

The list of most recent institutions approved for grants is below (final award amounts are subject to contract execution).

 

Applicant

Location

Project/Occupation

Amount Requested

1

Western Texas College

Snyder

Geology & Petroleum Technicians

$204,250

2

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson

Chemical Plant and System Operators

$332,500

3

Lamar Institute of Technology

Beaumont

Chemical Technicians

$103,906

4

Trinity Valley Community College

Athens

Registered Nurse

$130,686

5

Coastal Bend College

Beeville

Programmable Logic Controllers/Petroleum Pump Operators

$347,548

6

Alvin Community College

Alvin

Chemical Plant and System Operators

$322,240

7

Paris Junior College

Paris

Welder

$345,164

8

Grayson College

Denison

Welder

$289,443

9

Amarillo College

Amarillo

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

$331,163

10

Kilgore College

Kilgore

Chemical Plant and System Operator

$318,250

11

Midland College

Midland

Petroleum Technology/Technician

$232,777

12

Navarro Community College

Corsicana

Welder

$350,000

13

South Plains College

Levelland

Welder

$134,088

14

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi

Engineering Technician

$332,267

15

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands

Oil Field Service Technicians

$332,497

16

Laredo Community College

Laredo

Welder

$332,500

17

Texas State Technical College – Waco

Waco

Mechanical Engineering Technicians

$238,426

18

College of the Mainland

Texas City

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

$347,210

 

Total requested

 

 

$5,024,916

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