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Governor Abbott Announces Over $64,000 in TWC Vocational Training Grant to Bells Independent School District | Texas Governor’s Office

September 15, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott today announced a Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to support job training in the Bells Independent School District (ISD). The grant of more than $64,000 will help the district high school purchase and install equipment to train students for careers in welding technology.

“The State of Texas continues to support opportunities for the next generation to develop the skills needed to succeed in Texas’ world-class workforce,” Governor Abbott said. “By training students in high-demand industries, the Texas Workforce Commission and its partners are investing in Texans and their families, empowering individuals, and supporting Texas’ robust economic growth. Tomorrow’s workforce starts with today’s students.

“Congratulations to Bells ISD on receiving its first JET scholarship,” said TWC President Bryan Daniel. “The purchased equipment will prepare students to begin careers in the high-demand welding industry upon graduation from high school. Employers in the Lone Star State will benefit from the newly trained workforce to coming years.

TWC Commissioner representing employers, Aaron Demerson, today presented the JET award to Bells ISD in a ceremony that included local officials, school staff and Career and Technical Education (CTE) students.

The grant will prepare an initial cohort of over 60 students for a career in the welding industry by funding the purchase of welding equipment and booths to practice arc welding methods. The welding classroom will allow students to participate in hands-on training to gain experience. Equipment funded through these grants will be used to train more students in the future.

With funding provided by the Legislature each biennium, TWC uses JET grants to cover start-up costs to develop CTE programs for the public community, state and technical colleges, school districts, and schools in charter. Equipment funded by JET grants is to be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

Learn more about TWC’s JET grant program.