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La Feria ISD Receives JET Grant

By Nelda Briones
On Friday April 16, 2021, at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, the Texas Workforce Commission awarded JET grants totaling $2,634,222 to eleven Independent School Districts in the Rio Grande Valley area. La Feria ISD along with Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Rio Grande City CISD, Mercedes ISD, Weslaco ISD, Point Isabel ISD, La Joya ISD, Raymondville ISD, San Benito CISD, Rio Hondo ISD & Loredo ISD were local districts that received part of that grant.
The grant will help districts purchase and install equipment to provide students with training for careers in welding, health sciences, manufacturing, and other in demand professions.
The JET program provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for the purpose of developing career and technical education courses and may include courses offering dual-credit and technical education programs. The equipment must be used to train students in high demand occupations.
This year La Feria ISD received $212,046 in grant money.
Last year they were awarded $238,545 in monies for the school’s Health Science program. Last year the La Feria ISD Board of Trustees approved a purchase of Nasco Healthcare simulation products utilizing the grant. That grant money went directly to the students in providing skills for future jobs in the Health profession.
JET grant allowed for the purchase of a Zspace Learning System, a body interactive table, a student auscultation manikin, and a centrifuge machine.

Last years Nasco Healthcare simulation purchase (Photo: LFISD)
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