Special to the News-Times
COLDSPRING — Texas Workforce Commissioner Julian Alvarez visited Coldspring-Oakhurst High School for a reception to officially award the Coldspring-Oakhurst High School CTE Department a Jobs and Education for Texans Grant on Oct. 19.
The grant award of more than $189,000 funded equipment and instructional materials for the high school welding program for the 2022-23 school year and beyond.
The grant application was submitted by CTE and Special Programs Director Jeff Eichman.
“Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD was very fortunate to have been awarded as one of the Texas Workforce Commission 2021-2022 Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) grant recipients,” Eichman said. “The district submitted the JET Grant application in the spring of the 2020-2021 school year, written for the request of 14 Clean Air America Weldstation booths, 14 new Miller Multi-process welding machines, as well as other supporting instructional resources for the newly established Welding Program of Study at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School.
“The goal of the grant application was to prepare a minimum of 79 welding students for post-secondary opportunities, as well as the opportunity to earn industry-recognized welding certifications,” he said.
Eichman said the district was notified as a grant recipient in early September 2021 for the awarded amount of $189,316.
The district is waiting to hear news on whether its latest JET Grant application for the high school nursing program will be awarded. The winners will be announced in the next few months.