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Texas Workforce Commission Awards $398,548 in Jobs and Education for Texans Grants to Support Career Training in the Heart of Texas

Date: May 18, 2022

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

AUSTIN - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded two Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants in the Heart of Texas area to support career training. TWC awarded Rosebud-Lott ISD $114,513 to purchase and install robotics equipment. Initially, the grant will help train 10 students for careers in the automated manufacturing professions. The agency awarded Connally ISD $275,035 to purchase mechanical equipment for the diesel and heavy equipment technician program. Initially, the equipment will help train 63 students with hands-on instruction and access to panel trainers, simulators, cutaway units, and engine bench trainers with fault-insertion capabilities. The training will lead to industry-based certification such as Automotive Service Excellence credentials for medium/heavy truck technicians. The equipment funded through these grants will be used to train more students in the future.   

“Congratulations to Rosebud-Lott ISD, Connally ISD and Heart of Texas Workforce Solutions on providing their students with training opportunities that will lead to a high-demand career in the automated manufacturing professions and the automotive services industry,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Thanks to the commitment to train these students, this investment will bolster the pipeline of talent for the local area Texas employers.” 

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 RFAs or learn more about the program. Interested parties can also email jetgrants@twc.texas.gov for more information.

Rosebud-Lott ISD contact: Christine Redington, credington@rlisd.org

Connally ISD contact:  Candace Teele, cteele@connally.org  


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 email updates.


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