Freer Independent School District Receives $345,831 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant

Date: November 1, 2017

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Freer Independent School District (Freer ISD) a $345,831 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 76 students with training for careers in the nursing profession. The purchased equipment will continue to support the nursing program and future students enrolled with Freer ISD.

“The nursing equipment provides hands-on training to give students an opportunity to become a valuable and skilled worker in the medical profession,” said state Rep. Ryan Guillen.

“This partnership with Freer ISD will focus on providing proper equipment to train our nursing students of the future,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We’re pleased to present this grant which will create new opportunities for the talent-pipeline in the medical profession in the Coastal Bend area.”

TWC recently awarded 25 grants totaling $4,986,000 to public community and technical colleges and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting new, emerging industries or high-demand occupations through the JET grant program.

The JET 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. Equipment funded through JET grants must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

Eligible educational institutions can apply for the next phase of JET funding through a competitive grant process. TWC has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation that provides information and instruction on how to submit a proposal packet. Go to the JET Grant Program webpage to access the RFP Solicitation.

Freer ISD contact: Conrad Cantu, Freer ISD Superintendent, 361-394-6025 or ccantu@freerisd.net

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