Abbott Announces Nearly $1 Mil in JET Grants

Abbott Announces Nearly $1 Mil in JET Grants

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith
February 27, 2024

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced over $700,000 in three Jobs and Education for Texas (JET) grants. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded grants will benefit career and technical education (CTE) programs that will initially train over 600 students.

“Texas remains the best state for business thanks to our continued investment in our growing workforce. With these JET grants, more Texans will be equipped with the advanced skills they need to progress in their careers and fill high-demand jobs in the growing Texas economy. I thank the Texas Workforce Commission for partnering with Central Texas schools to invest in Texas students as we continue to build a brighter economic future for our entire state," stated Rep. Abbott.

“The Texas economy continues to be number one in the nation, and with that growth comes increased demand for high-skill occupations,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel.

“JET grants expand opportunities for Texans who want to create a career pathway that helps them achieve and maintain economic prosperity,” said Daniel.

Earlier today, TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Joe Esparza presented the awards at a ceremony attended by state and local officials, school staff, and CTE students at Temple College.

The three JET grants include nearly $1 million in grants allocated toward training students to weld and to become medical assistants and vocational nurses.

Abbott has been embroiled in much controversy for his continued harsh stance and tactics used to address border security at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S. Supreme Court has officially ruled in favor of President Joe Biden (D) in his administration’s lawsuit against Abbott for his use of razor wire at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The court’s ruling will now allow Border Patrol agents to resume cutting the razor wire. Many critics of Gov. Abbott’s tactics argued that they were too harsh and inhumane. Eagle Pass, TX, has been a major focus for Texas lawmakers as several migrants have faced increased danger as they attempt to cross over the U.S. border from Mexico.

The court’s decision consisted of two conservative judges, Justices Amy Coney Barrett and John Roberts, as well as the three liberal judges.

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Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a writer and recent graduate, majoring in English.

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