Governor Greg Abbott recently announced that 152 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants totaling over $54 million have been awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). “Texas continues to cultivate a highly-skilled, diverse workforce through major investments in career and technical education training programs for our students,” said Governor Abbott.
“Through this over $54 million in job training grants, more Texans will have the opportunity to pursue good-paying jobs in high-demand careers across the state. Texas is the land of economic opportunity, and I thank the Texas Workforce Commission for their ongoing efforts to ensure that our students can grow and thrive in our state’s booming economy.”
Paris ISD was awarded $212,278 from this grant to target the school’s welding program. The equipment purchased includes five boom-mounted welders, a CNC plasma machine, a hydraulic plate roller, an iron worker, engine driven welder, and a platen table. The welders and machines the students will be training on in class are the same machines used in today’s industry. This will help students be better prepared to enter the workforce after high school.
School districts are allowed to be awarded this grant up to three times.
“Paris ISD plans on applying again next year, focusing on the engineering program,” stated Caleb Tindel, Career and Technology Education Director. “We have received 90% of the equipment ordered through this grant and are in the process of installing. We are hoping to have all equipment in place and operational by the end of January.”
Pictures provided by PHS Freshman Nevaeh Rhodes