SWTJC awarded $296,000 JET grant to support career training

SWTJC awarded $296,000 JET grant to support career training

Uvalde, TX, August 9, 2022 - Southwest Texas Junior College officials met Julian Alvarez, III Commissioner Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission, on Aug. 3 at the Jack R. Chittim Technical Campus in Eagle Pass for a check presentation.

The Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) Grant worth $296,000 will help SWTJC purchase and install equipment to prepare dozens of students for careers in diesel engine repair.

The college will use the JET funds to purchase equipment such as a truck diagnostic scanner, air-braked driving simulator, heavy vehicle HVAC system, and diesel engine transmission system. Students can receive hands-on training to prepare for Automotive Service Excellence Entry-Level certifications.

“This JET fund is going to allow us to enhance the training that we currently do in our diesel training, supporting both our certificate programs as well as our associates of applied sciences,” said Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President. “These dollars are being put to very good use. It enhances the training and puts our students in front of the equipment that they most likely will be servicing out in the field.”

The diesel technology program is currently enrolling students for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 23 in Eagle Pass.