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TWC Awards Job Training Grants to Paris ISD, Honey Grove ISD, North Lamar ISD and Paris Junior College

In a significant boost to career training and technical education in Northeast Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Commissioner Representing Labor, Alberto Treviño III, will be presenting multiple ceremonial checks during a special event scheduled at Paris Junior College on Thursday, August 24, 2023. The event will celebrate the awarding of five Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants to support career training initiatives at various educational institutions in the region.

The JET program, a cornerstone of Texas' commitment to workforce development, aims to equip students with the skills and training required to thrive in high-demand occupations. Through the funding allocated by the Legislature biennially, TWC assists educational institutions in covering the start-up costs associated with developing career and technical education programs. These programs are designed to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving job market and to prepare students for successful careers.

The grants presented during the event will play a pivotal role in strengthening the career training landscape in Northeast Texas. The educational institutions receiving grants are set to receive funding for the purchase and installation of state-of-the-art equipment, allowing them to train students effectively and comprehensively in various high-demand fields.

The recipients of the JET grants in Northeast Texas include:

  • Paris Junior College: A grant of $290,470 has been awarded to the college to acquire and set up cutting-edge equipment for training 90 students as machinists. This investment will enable students to gain hands-on experience and skills that are vital in the field.

  • Honey Grove Independent School District (ISD): In partnership with Paris Junior College, Honey Grove ISD has received a grant of $157,595 to establish a welding training program. The grant will support the training of 177 students as welders, providing them with essential skills for a career in welding.

  • North Lamar ISD: Similarly, North Lamar ISD has received a grant of $138,976 to collaborate with Paris Junior College in training 132 students as welders. This initiative is set to enhance the local workforce by equipping students with relevant and valuable skills.

  • Paris ISD: Paris ISD, in partnership with Paris Junior College, has secured a grant of $212,278 to establish a welding training program. The funds will be used to train 171 students as welders, contributing to the development of a skilled workforce in the region.

  • Pioneer Technology and Arts Academy: The academy has been awarded a substantial grant of $556,323 to partner with Paris Junior College in training 250 students as emergency medical technicians. This program will help meet the growing demand for skilled healthcare professionals.

The JET grants not only promote education-industry collaboration but also foster economic growth by addressing the workforce needs of the region. The recipients of these grants exemplify the commitment of Northeast Texas to equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen careers.

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