JET Program

JET Program: Job Building Fund

The Job Building Fund provides grants to community colleges to acquire building and equipment needed to train workers for high-growth industries throughout the state in an era of rapidly increasing enrollment.

Fund Overview

The need for the Job Building Fund comes as state funding lags behind demand in an era of rapidly increasing enrollment in community colleges. According to the Texas Comptroller’s 2008 Texas Works report, nearly 570,000 students were enrolled in Texas public community colleges in 2007, about 39 percent more than in 1997. Adjusted for inflation, state spending per community college student fell by 17.8 percent from 1997 to 2007.

Fund Purpose: To help purchase cutting-edge equipment needed for high-demand career and technical education programs at Texas public community colleges and technical schools.

Budget Allocation: $10 million in competitive grants for the 2013-2015 biennium (September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2015).

Who Qualifies: Texas public community colleges or technical institutes. Only one application per community college district will be permitted for each grant round.

Current Grant Awards

Round 9

On June 11, 2014, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the ninth round of equipment grants to the following 16 public community colleges, contingent on fund availability. The grants will be executed beginning in July.

Round 9 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Weatherford College
$319,286
Weatherford Welders
Panola College
$320,431
Carthage Registered Nurse
Alvin Community College
$231,704
Alvin Registered Nurse
Angelina College
$348,760
Lufkin Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
Paris Junior College
$349,114
Paris Industrial Engineering Technician
Eastfield College
$233,212
Mesquite Machinist
Texas State Technical College-Harlingen
$264,703
Harlingen Architectural and Civil Drafters
Lee College
$349,621
Baytown Electrician
Blinn College
$264,661
Brenham Registered Nurse
South Plains College
$313,622
Levelland Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
Kilgore College
$335,501
Kilgore Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
Laredo Community College
$332,500
Laredo Bus & Truck Mechanic/Diesel Engine Specialist
Frank Phillips College
$230,514
Borger Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians
Northeast Texas Community College
$294,776
Mount Pleasant Welders
North Central Texas College
$349,600
Gainesville Welders
Coastal Bend College
$277,009
Beeville Welders
Total Awarded
$4,815,014

Past Grant Awards

Round 8

On March 6, 2014, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the eighth round of equipment grants to the following 18 public community colleges, contingent on fund availability. The grants were executed beginning in April 2014.

Round 8 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Western Texas College
$204,250
Snyder Geology & Petroleum Technicians
Brazosport College
$332,500
Lake Jackson Chemical Plant and System Operators
Lamar Institute of Technology
$103,906
Beaumont Chemical Technicians
Trinity Valley Community College
$130,686
Athens Registered Nurse
Coastal Bend College
$347,548
Beeville Programmable Logic Controllers/Petroleum Pump Operators
Alvin Community College
$322,240
Alvin Chemical Plant and System Operators
Paris Junior College
$345,164
Paris Welder
Grayson College
$289,443
Denison Welder
Amarillo College
$328,599
Amarillo Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Kilgore College
$318,250
Kilgore Chemical Plant and System Operator
Midland College
$232,777
Midland Petroleum Technology/Technician
Navarro Community College
$348,499
Corsicana Welder
South Plains College
$134,088
Levelland Welder
Del Mar College
$332,267
Corpus Christi Engineering Technician
Lone Star College System
$332,497
The Woodlands Oil Field Service Technicians
Laredo Community College
$332,500
Laredo Welder
Texas State Technical College – Waco
$238,426
Waco Mechanical Engineering Technicians
College of the Mainland
$347,210
Texas City Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Total awarded
$5,020,851

Round 7

On April 27, 2012, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the seventh round of equipment grants to the following five public community colleges, contingent on fund availability. The grants were executed beginning in November 2012.

Round 7 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Amarillo College
$291,125
Amarillo Heating, AC, Refrigeration Mechanic & Installer
Panola College
$208,021
Carthage Medical Laboratory Technician
Texas State Technical College Marshall
$312,360
Marshall Precision Instrument & Equipment Repairer
Texas State Technical College Waco
$69,701
Waco Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Trinity Valley Community College
$241,179
Athens Welding Technician
Total awarded
$1,122,385

Round 6

On April 27, 2012, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the sixth round of Job Building Fund grants to the following 11 public community colleges:

Round 6 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Blinn College
$287,632
Brenham Registered Nurse
Brazosport College
$332,500
Lake Jackson Welding Technician
Frank Phillips College
$140,534
Borger Electrical & Electric Eng. Tech.
Kilgore College
$331,835
Kilgore Welding Technician
McLennan Community College
$340,918
Waco Registered Nurse
North Central Texas College
$270,188
Gainesville Geological & Petroleum Tech.
Northeast Texas Community College
$232,532
Mt. Pleasant Industrial Engineering Tech.
Paris Junior College
$314,605
Paris Maintenance & Repair Tech.
Texarkana College
$330,250
Texarkana Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Texas State Technical College West Texas
$277,731
Sweetwater Welding Technician
Vernon College
$228,048
Vernon EMT or Paramedic
Total awarded
$3,086,773

Round 5

On January 31, 2012, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the fifth round of Job Building Fund grants to the following 11 public community colleges:

Round 5 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Brazosport College
$288,325
Lake Jackson Electrician
Hill College
$245,175
Hillsboro Welding Technician
Lee College
$314,193
Baytown Electrician
Navarro College
$150,176
Corsicana Geological & Petroleum Technician
Northeast Texas Community College
$202,785
Mt. Pleasant Dental Hygienist
South Texas College
$336,229
McAllen Registered Nurse
Temple College
$335,580
Temple Registered Nurse
Texarkana College
$289,248
Texarkana Welding Technician
Texas State Technical College Marshall
$349,734
Marshall Network & Computer Systems Administrator
Texas State Technical College Waco
$290,939
Waco Mechanical Engineering Technician
Weatherford College
$170,786
Weatherford HVAC Mechanics & Installers
Total awarded
$2,973,170

Round 4

On September 2, 2010, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the fourth round of Job Building Fund grants to the following nine public community colleges:

Round 4 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Austin Community College
$42,450
Austin Biology/Biotechnology Lab Technician
Galveston College
$44,985
Galveston Industrial Technician
McLennan Community College
$45,000
Waco Associates Degree Nursing
North Central Texas College
$44,373
Gainesville Engineering Technician
Texarkana College
$43,400
Texarkana Associates Degree Nursing
Texas State Technical College Harlingen
$45,000
Harlingen Associates Degree Welding Technician
Tyler Junior College
$44,254
Tyler Associates Degree Nursing
Total awarded
$309,462
Alamo Community College
withdrawn
San Antonio Manufacturing Technician
Coastal Bend College
withdrawn
Beeville Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

Round 3

On June 3, 2010, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the third round of Job Building Fund grants to the following 22 public community colleges:

Round 3 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Alvin Community College $150,677 Alvin Electroneurodiagnostic Technician
Amarillo College $100,000 Amarillo Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Angelina College $171,724 Lufkin Welding Technicians
Austin Community College $98,860 Austin Automotive Alternative Fuels Technicians
Cisco College $135,300 Cisco Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Clarendon College $300,000 Clarendon Wind Turbine Technicians
College of the Mainland $91,970 Galveston Emergency Medical Technicians
Del Mar College $203,500 Corpus Christi Computer Science and IT Engineering Technicians
Eastfield College $147,098 Mesquite New and Innovative Energy Systems Technicians
Galveston College $118,396 Galveston HVAC Maintenance Technology Technicians
Hill College $186,340 Hillsboro Automotive Mechanics Technology Technicians
Lamar State College - Orange $137,603 Orange Upward Mobility Registered Nurse
Laredo College $91,739 Laredo Associate and Vocational Nursing
McLennan Community College $147,762 Waco Respiratory Care Technician
Northeast Texas Community College $239,240 Mt. Pleasant Manufacturing Processes and Quality Assurance
Odessa College $195,926 Odessa Process Instrumentation Technicians
South Plains College $74,960 Levelland Digital Forensics Technicians
South Texas College $350,000 Hidalgo Wind and Solar Power Delivery System Electricians
Trinity Valley Community College $101,400 Athens Precision Production (Welding Technology)
Tyler Junior College $117,209 Tyler Vocational Nursing
Weatherford College $332,260 Weatherford Associate and Vocational Nursing
Wharton County Community College $350,000 Wharton Process Technology (Chemical Technicians)
Total Awarded $3,841,965

Round 2

On March 11, 2010, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the second round of Job Building Fund grants to the following public community colleges:

Round 2 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Blinn College $350,000 Brenham Nursing (Advanced Simulation Equipment)
Brazosport College $215,760 Lake Jackson Welding Simulation Trainers
Collin College $124,490 McKinney Photovoltaic Solar Energy Training
Hill College $204,900 Hillsboro Welding Program Expansion
Houston Community College $338,300 Houston Equipment for Solar, Thermal and Wind Certificate Programs
Lamar Institute of Technology $62,500 Beaumont Equipment Upgrades for Advanced Welding Programs
Lamar State College $56,985 Port Arthur Simulated Medical Dispensing Systems
Lee College $166,286 Baytown Equipment for Industrial Systems Mechanics
Navarro Community College $243,808 Corsicana Industrial Welding Certification Program Equipment
North Central Texas College $177,130 Gainesville Simulated Hospital System
San Jacinto College District $294,005 Pasadena Newborn Baby Simulation System
South Plains College $127,138 Levelland Hybrid Automotive Technology
Tarrant County College District $276,494 Fort Worth Neonatal Simulators
Texas State Technical College $126,550 Waco Supercomputer Purchase
Weatherford College $313,656 Weatherford Patient Simulators & Virtual IV Systems for EMS/Paramedic Training
Total Awarded $3,078,002
Coastal Bend College withdrawn Beeville Aviation Maintenance Program
Ranger College withdrawn Ranger Wind Energy Technician Program Equipment

Round 1

On December 18, 2009, the JET Advisory Board approved awarding the first round of Job Building Fund grants to the following public community colleges:

Round 1 Recipient Grant Amount Location Related Training Program
Alamo Community College District
$236,690
San Antonio LVN
Angelina College
$250,000
Lufkin Nursing and Medical Tech
Austin Community College District
$105,000
Austin Utility Linemen (PDF)
El Paso Community College District
$52,445
El Paso Automotive Tech
Grayson County College
$188,460
Denison Machinists
Lamar State College - Orange
$150,000
Orange Petrochemical Tech
Lone Star College System
$245,500
Cy-Fair (N. Houston) Mechatronics
Midland College
$144,500
Midland Automotive Tech
Panola College
$249,813
Carthage Petroleum Tech
South Texas College
$100,240
McAllen Welding
Trinity Valley Community College
$97,000
Athens Patient Care Tech/Medical Asst.
Tyler Junior College
$208,500
Tyler Welding
Wharton County Community College
$229,318
Wharton Welding
Total Awarded $2,257,466