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PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) was presented with a Jobs and Education for Texas (JET) Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) at the City of Pharr’s State of the City Address held at the Pharr Events Center on Thursday, Jan. 17. To date, PSJA ISD has been awarded a total of $834,583 in TWC Jet grants during the last three consecutive years, making it the only school district in Texas to do so.

Since JET grants first became available to independent school districts entered into partnerships with higher education institutions in 2016, PSJA ISD has been the only public school district awarded grants each year to expand dual credit career and technical educational opportunities with its long-time partner South Texas College.

“PSJA ISD has been the only school district in Texas to receive JET grants for equipment,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez at the 2019 State of the City of Pharr held Thursday, Jan. 17. “We want to acknowledge every member of the PSJA School Board and Dr. King who have been involved throughout this process.”

Full report: https://www.yourvalleyvoice.com/news/20190117/psja-isd-only-district-in-texas-to-receive-three-consecutive-jet-grants-to-expand-career-and-technical-education-programs?fbclid=IwAR1xlB89XtrGDIZkmaYd9ULNfkA78lFVe54LuD3QCYa4QVXzaGejFVvprvY

McALLEN — South Texas College and many of its industry partners are kicking off the new year with three grants totaling nearly $1 million for workforce training.

The $974,665 total was divided in three grants from the Texas Workforce Commission all aimed at advanced training for three specific areas.

“ What’s fantastic is that all of them are in high-demand industries,” said Commissioner Ruth Hughs, TWC chair, who was present to sign the checks on Friday. “Because we only invest in education training in high-demand industries so that those students who are getting those skills will be set up for success.”

The Jobs and Education for Texans grant, known as JEP, provided the college with $249,096 for the purchase of state-of-the art equipment for STC’s Computer Information Technology program such as cyber security and computer networking.


For the full report: https://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/stc-gets-nearly-million-to-support-workforce-training-and-equipment/article_4dec4b66-1668-11e9-a5f1-5f8c207e855f.html


DATE:             January 11, 2019

CONTACT:     Mike Gonzalez

PHONE:         956.332.9741

E-MAIL:         mikeg@wfsolutions.org

South Texas College Receives Job-Training Grants Totaling Over $1.3 Million for Healthcare and Technology Training

Three JET Grants to help create new opportunities for jobs and education

McAllen, TX – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded South Texas College three individual grants on Friday, Jan. 11: a $249,096 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant; a $655,153 Skills Development Fund (Skills) grant to a health care consortium; and a $409,890 Skills grant to a manufacturing consortium. The grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions areas of Lower Rio Grande Valley, Middle Rio Grande, and South Texas.

The $249,096 JET grant will help the college purchase and install equipment to provide 1,322 students with training for careers in the information technology field as computer, networking, and cyber security specialists.

In addition, local grant partners are collaborating with South Texas College to provide job training using Skills grants from TWC. A health care consortium, consisting of McAllen Medical Center; McAllen Heart Hospital; Edinburg Regional Medical Center; Edinburg Children’s Hospital; Cornerstone Regional Hospital; STHS ER at Mission; STHS ER at Weslaco; Doctors Hospital of Laredo; and Fort Duncan Medical Center and Women’s Center, will use a $655,153 grant to provide custom training to 1,167 new and incumbent workers in the health care and social assistance industry. Examples of trainees to include: echo technicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, mammography technicians, emergency room technicians, housekeepers, CNAs and more. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $31.32.

Workforce Solutions works with all schools, colleges, and universities within Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties to help increase their technical capacities. If you’re interested in learning more about the JET grant or Skills grant, contact us at 956-687-1121.



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