Texas Governor Supports $247,000 Job Training Grant in West Texas

Tom Handy

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A few days ago, Governor Greg Abbott applauded the Texas Workforce Commission on a $1.5 million grant to Ranger College which is close to Dallas. Then, this past Saturday, Governor Abbott thanked the Texas Workforce Commission for another grant. This was a $247,000 grant that went to the South Plains College in West Texas including the Lubbock and Levelland college campuses.

The grant is part of the Jobs and Education or JET Grant. The Texas and Workforce Commission Chairman and Commissioner Bryan Daniel noted the grant would help the community college purchase and install automotive and mechanical training equipment for its Automotive Technology Program.

Governor Abbott said:

“Texas remains an economic juggernaut because we regularly invest in students to develop our highly-skilled, diverse workforce. Thank you to the Texas Workforce Commission for investing in South Plains College’s Automotive Technology Program, bringing greater economic opportunities for students in West Texas. With this grant, the college will be able to equip students with critical training needed to secure good-paying jobs upon graduation and provide businesses with exceptional employees to hire.”

Governor Abbott also tweeted:

Initially, the college will use the grant money to train 70 students on automotive gasoline and diesel-powered module vehicles as part of the Automotive Technology Program.

South Plains College offers a two-year degree focusing on technical education, continuing education and workforce development, and the arts and sciences. The school covers 14 areas in the Lubbock area. The school support 3,500 students in the technical workforce development program each year and 9,700 students in other educational programs. Overall, they provide education benefits for 15,000 students every year.

The Texas Workforce Commission grant will help South Plains College and other colleges that the State is using to improve technical education throughout Texas.

Do you think this will help increase Governor Abbott’s chance of getting re-elected this November?

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