East Texas colleges receive more than $1 million in grants
POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 1:03pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 1:06pm
AUSTIN, Texas — 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||Hillsboro||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|
More information on the JET program can be found at http://www.everychanceeverytexan.org/funds/index.php.