Tyler Junior College

College receives $208,000 grant from comptroller

Published Tuesday, 12th January 2010

College receives $208,000 grant from comptroller

Tyler Junior College is one of 13 recipients of a shared $2.26 million in Job Building Fund grants, State Comptroller Susan Combs recently announced.

The grant program helps institutions finance equipment purchases for new career and technical education programs that support high-growth industries throughout the state.

TJC will receive $208,500 to be used for the welding program on its West Campus.

Jeff Parks, TJC associate dean of industry and technologies, said the money will allow the program to update its West Campus facility and install an exhaust fume system to remove gases as students are welding.

The upgrades will also allow for the use of higher-tech metals such as stainless steel and aluminum, thus giving students an opportunity for better skill levels and ultimately more opportunities to find jobs out in the field.

Parks said the building upgrades will begin immediately.

"I commend these institutions for rising to the challenge of addressing Texas’ work force needs," Combs said. "These grants will help schools finance up-front costs as¬sociated with equipment purchases related to their career and technical education programs, laying the foundation to prepare more Texans for employment in high-demand occupations."

Schools that receive Job Building Fund grants must provide matching funds in the form of cash, equipment, materials, supplies and/or personnel costs.

The Comptroller’s office selected grant recipients based on each project’s potential economic return to the state and on endeavors that involve dual-credit programs with local high schools or cooperative arrangements with other colleges. Priority was given to projects that target high-demand occupations and new or emerging industries.

Elise Mullinix


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