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$45,448 grant funds industry-standard equipment for Transportation Technology Academy students

A $45,448 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission will fund the purchase of industry-standard equipment for nearly 300 students enrolled in the Transportation Technology Academy at North East ISD.

The Governor’s Office announced that North East ISD received one of 152 Jobs and Education For Texas grants awarded by the TWC. The grants are intended to purchase necessary equipment to establish or expand career and technical education programs that offer Texas students the opportunity to earn a license, certification, or post-secondary degree in such fields as nursing, welding, automotive repair, and density.

North East ISD’s Career and Technical Education Department will use the funds to purchase and install equipment that supports the automotive-related dual credit courses. Students gain knowledge of major automotive systems and the principles used to diagnose systems. The equipment and the program allow students to reinforce, apply and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of relevant activities, problems, and settings.

Equipment purchased with grant funds will be installed and ready for use in Fall 2023.

Automotive courses offered by North East ISD’s CTE Department seeks to produce qualified technicians to fill auto-related jobs expected to increase in the coming years. According to Texas labor market data, the state expects a projected employment of 65,328 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics. Currently, starting salary for related positions is $43,253.

The Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics program allows students to receive the following High School Certifications: NCCER Core, Automotive Service Excellent Entry Level-Maintenance & Light Repair Leads to Automotive Technology, A.A.S. at St. Philip’s College.

Discover the list of certifications that students can earn while attending CTE classes at North East ISD here: