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NCTC receives grant to launch Welding in Montague County

Elizabeth F. Dieter | May 19, 2017

North Central Texas College (NCTC) is one of ten community colleges across the State that has been awarded a Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant.  This is NCTC’s sixth JET grant award meaning that NCTC has received JET grant funding in every round of funding made available.  The grant funds will be used to launch a Welding program in Bowie as well as support Welding students in Graham. 

While the new NCTC Industrial Technology Center in Bowie is under construction, Bowie ISD has joined NCTC in providing this valuable training to those in the Bowie area.  Welding classes will be begin June 5 at Bowie High School with WLDG 1407, Intro to Welding Using Multiple Processes.  Classes will run through August 10 and will meet Monday – Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 9:15 p.m. 

The JET grant will be used to purchase welding equipment for use at Bowie High School with eventual placement of the equipment at NCTC’s Bowie Industrial Technology Center. 

“I congratulate these JET grant recipients as they work to enhance educational curriculum and high-demand job training for students in our high schools and community colleges,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Through innovative partnerships between employers and educators, Texas students will have the education and skills to succeed in the workplace.”

NCTC has used its JET grant funds to significantly enhance its training programs for careers in high-demand occupations like welding.  The JET grant allows NCTC to supply its programs with costly equipment used by industry while keeping tuition costs for students as low as possible.  .  Welders earn an average of $42,300 annually in the Wichita Falls area, and welders with experience can earn much more.  State-wide there are an average of 2,370 job openings for welders.

 “By partnering with local colleges and independent school districts, these grants will prepare our future workforce to meet the needs of Texas employers for high-demand occupations,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “These grants will focus on advanced technical training, and will keep our Texas businesses competitive and our economy growing.”

For more information on enrollment in the June 5 welding class, go to nctc.edu or call 940-872-4002.