The State Comptroller’s Office recently announced that $332,500 in grant funding has been awarded to Brazosport College for technical equipment needed to train workers for local industry.
The funds were part of $5 million in grants awarded by the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Advisory Board to 18 community colleges across the state.
“These grants will help students get hands-on training in a range of occupations that are vital to the state’s continuing prosperity,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “We have diverse economic sectors that require technical skills for which our workforce needs to be trained. The grants approved today cover equipment in programs such as the oil and gas sector, manufacturing, healthcare and mechanics.”
With the grant, Brazosport College plans to build a maintenance equipment trainer, which will assist the training of students in the fields of millwright, electrical and instrumentation.
“This grant will provide educational tools for our process technology fields, including up-to-date instrumentation and control systems, as well as additional pieces of equipment,” said Ron Colwell, PSPT Instructor at Brazosport College. “It allows us to expand our process technology program which, in turn, provides more exposure and hands-on skills for those studying toward careers in local industry.”
The JET grant program for equipment began in 2009, and approximately $16.7 million has previously been awarded.