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HDJT Grant and Partnership with CEIDC Funds Equipment to Prepare Crockett Students for Manufacturing and Health Occupations

Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas
Oct 13, 2023
Posted by: Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas

On October 12, 2023, Chairman Bryan Daniel, Commissioner Representing the Public for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), presented a $15,000 High Demand Job Training (HDJT) grant to Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas (WSDET) for training at Crockett ISD.

“The HDJT grant program provides resources to upskill workers in Texas communities," said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. "The partnership in Deep East Texas will continue to boost the growing Texas economy by training individuals in high-demand occupations.”

With a $15,000 matching grant from the Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Corporation (CEIDC), WSDET used the grant funding to purchase equipment for Crockett ISD to train 12 students to earn certificates as Certified Nursing Assistants, Phlebotomy Technicians, and electrocardiogram (EKG) Technicians, and 50 students to earn their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Forklift certifications.

"This grant is a significant step towards building the future workforce of our community," said Crockett Mayor Ianthia Fisher. "It empowers our students with valuable skills and prepares them for rewarding careers in healthcare and manufacturing. Crockett is proud to support initiatives that contribute to the prosperity of our community and the well-being of our citizens."

Executive Director Mark Durand said, “Our mission at Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas is to provide solutions for quality workforce development. The training made possible through this grant is a result of a strong partnership between economic development, education and workforce. We are looking forward to enhancing the skill levels and earning power of the region’s workforce.”

The HDJT grant program is part of TWC’s statewide effort to support collaboration between Workforce Development Boards and local economic development entities. These partnerships help create job training programs that prepare individuals across Texas communities for high-demand occupations. For more on this training program, businesses are encouraged to contact their local Workforce Solutions office or visit the High Demand Job Training Program webpage.

TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel presented the award at a ceremony attended by state and local officials, local employers, school staff, and CTE students at Crockett High School.