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Texas Workforce Commission Awards $605,146 in Jobs and Education for Texans Grant Funding to Support Career Training in East Texas

Date: May 5, 2022

Media Contact: Anglea Woellner
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded two Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants in the East Texas area to support career training. TWC awarded Elkhart ISD $325,850 to help the school purchase and install welding equipment to train 72 students for machinist and welding careers. The agency awarded Kilgore College $279,296 to purchase safety equipment like firefighting turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus systems. The equipment will help the college provide 130 students with real-world fire scenario training in the safest possible environment. The equipment funded through these grants will be used to train more students in the future.  

“Congratulations to Elkhart ISD, Kilgore College, and the East Texas Workforce Solution team on receiving this JET grant that will benefit East Texas employers and surrounding communities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “This investment into state-of-the art equipment will allow students to train at the highest level in order to enter the workforce ready and prepared to meet the needs of our Texas employers in the region.” 

The grants will assist the schools with purchasing welding equipment to support machinist and welding profession careers. Safety equipment like firefighting turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus systems will provide real-world fire scenario training in the safest possible environment. The profession has been recognized as in demand for the local economy and will provide students with training and certifications for employment. 

Through funding provided by the Legislature each biennium, eligible recipients use TWC’s JET grants to defray the start-up costs to develop career and technical education programs for the public community, state and technical colleges, and school districts. The 87th Texas Legislature added open-enrollment charter schools and the Windham School District as eligible applicants. Equipment funded through JET grants must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations. 

Eligible educational institutions can apply for the next phase of JET funding through a competitive grant process or Request for Applications (RFA). The RFA solicitation provides information and instruction on how to submit a proposal packet. Go to the JET Grant Program webpage to access current and future RFA's or learn more about the program. Interested parties can also email jetgrants@twc.texas.gov for more information.

Elkhart ISD contact: Kenda Schattel, kschattel@elkhartisd.org  

Kilgore College contact: Chris Craddock, ccraddock@kilgore.edu


The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.


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