Skidmore – Skidmore-Tynan ISD has been named a 2018 recipient of the Texas Workforce Commission’s Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant program.

Qualifying educational institutions were awarded a grant for the development of programs or courses leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree. The JET program provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for the purpose of developing career and technical education courses and may include courses offering dual-credit and technical education programs. The equipment must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

“By partnering with local colleges and independent school districts, these grants will help our future workforce to explore in-demand careers across various industries and prepare our future workforce to meet the needs of Texas employers for high-demand occupations, strengthening our workforce of tomorrow,” said Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

S-TISD was one of the 13 independent school districts across the state that was awarded the JET grant.

The grant amount of $52,105 funded the purchase and installation of equipment in the manufacturing profession with training for welders.  

Specifically, grant funds were utilized to purchase welding stations, multi-process welders, stick/TIG welders, roll-out wheels, and a mobile welding unit.  

Domingo Garcia, S-THS welding instructor, was grateful to have been awarded the grant, noting, “I am excited that more students can now benefit through increased access to this new equipment.”

 S-THS in collaboration with Del Mar College gives students the ability to earn dual-credit hours and certifications while in high school.  

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dustin Barton stressed the importance of getting students career ready while in high school: “We must prepare students who want to enter the workforce immediately after graduation, this new equipment along with quality instruction gives students this opportunity.

“The JET Grant combined with the addition of a second agriculture, food and natural sciences teacher, and the upgrade of the district’s student activity truck promote for increased access and visibility for S-TISD’s FFA and CTE programs.”