For Immediate Release
Lori Berman, Communications Specialist
Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas


For Immediate Release
May 11, 2017

North Central Texas College and Ranger College Awarded
Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Totaling $524,689
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 26 grants totaling $5 million to public community and technical colleges and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program.
The JET grant program provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for the purpose of developing career and technical education courses and may include courses offering dual-credit and technical education programs. The equipment must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.
Of the 26 grants awarded in Texas, two of the JET grants were in the Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas (WSNCT) workforce development board area.  "JET grants provide funding for state of the art equipment to educational institutions and prepare workers with high-demand job skills through the development of career and technical education programs. These grants will focus on advanced technical training, and will keep our North Central Texas businesses competitive and our economy growing," said David Setzer, Executive Director of WSNCT.
Congratulations to the following award recipients:
  • North Central Texas College - $331,839 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 145 students in the manufacturing profession with training for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers.       
  • Ranger College-Erath Campus - $192,850 - The grant will help purchase and install equipment to provide 80 students with training for machine tool operators and metalworkers.
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In partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas is one of 28 local workforce boards throughout the state.  The board serves Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Wise counties.  The primary goal of the workforce board is to meet the needs of Texas employers through locally designed market-driven workforce development initiatives and services. 
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