The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded significant grants to the Arlington Independent School District (ISD) and Keller ISD to enhance career training opportunities in Tarrant County. These grants, part of the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) program, aim to support local career and technical education programs. The TWC has recognized the importance of investing in education and workforce development to meet the needs of the job market.
Arlington ISD has been awarded two grants from the TWC:
A grant of $347,933 will be used to provide training for 700 students aspiring to become registered nurses. This training will be conducted in partnership with Tarrant County College.
Another grant of $115,310 has been awarded to train 150 students in the field of automotive service technology, in collaboration with Tarrant County College.
Keller ISD, on the other hand, has received three grants to bolster its career training programs:
A grant totaling $677,849 will support the training of 362 students in welding, with Tarrant County College as the educational partner.
A grant amounting to $651,852 will be utilized to train 174 students in HVAC mechanics, in partnership with Tarrant County College.
An additional grant of $410,584 has been provided to train 179 students in the field of electrical work, also in partnership with Tarrant County College.
These grants represent a significant investment in the education and career prospects of students in Tarrant County, providing them with valuable skills and training that will prepare them for the workforce.
Through funding provided by the Legislature each biennium, TWC uses JET grants to defray start-up costs of developing career and technical education programs for public community, state and technical colleges, school districts and charter schools. Equipment funded through JET grants must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.