School districts receive funds to expand high demand job trainin

School districts receive funds to expand high demand job training

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Not every high school graduate will attend college. There's several professions that do not require a degree, but certain skills students can learn while getting their diploma. 

Through a partnership between Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and Workforce Solutions South Plains, school districts throughout region 17 will receive funds that can help clear a path to a career post-high school graduation. 

After the Texas Workforce Commission announced a $90,335 grant, LEDA matched it. The $180,670 grant funds the South Plains High Demand Job Training.

John Osborne, CEO of LEDA said it is important to prepare these students because the demand for skilled workers is high. 
"These school districts that continue to participate in the high demand jobs training are gaining pieces of equipment that help in the training programs, that they didn't previously have or a need for because there was less emphasis on the programs," Osborne said.

This training will reach up to 700 students across several districts. 

"It just didn't cover Lubbock," Adrienne Cozart with Workforce Solutions said. "It covered Roosevelt, It covered Levelland, Plainview, all of the school districts that we serve will be able to participate in the funds." 

Cozart said students can train to become anything from a nursing assistant to a computer programmer. 
"With an unemployment rate under 3 percent, It is very hard to find skilled workers," Cozart said. "We're all fighting for the same skills, same people." 

In total, TWC dedicates 1 million dollars state-wide to reach as many students as it can.

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