The Eustace Independent School District has been awarded a Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant to establish a welding program at Eustace High School. The grant was a cooperative effort between Trinity Valley Community College’s Dual Credit department and EISD, and will provide more than $100,000 in specialized equipment for welding instruction.
“This equipment is rarely found in a high school welding program in a school the size of Eustace,” said EISD Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe. “These machines will give our students a chance to be trained on how to operate machinery in a high demand job area.”
“The students who earn dual credit in this program will have the opportunity to earn a certificate or degree that will allow them to earn a healthy wage, not only locally, but statewide, as well,” said Kelley Townsend, Director of Dual Credit at TVCC. “We are incredibly fortunate to have a partnership with Eustace ISD to collaborate together and provide beneficial instruction to these students.”
The JET program is a state-funded program of the Texas Workforce Commission that provides grants to eligible educational institutions to defray the start-up costs associated with developing career and technical programs.