South Texas Community Colleges Get $1.3 Million Grant

Grant money is expected to reach as many as 1,200 students
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Community colleges in South Texas are getting an early Christmas present. A $1.3 million grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is being directed to the area in hopes that the money will help place low-income students in oilfield jobs. Some of the money will be directed toward medical occupations as well.

The Eagle Ford Job market has left South Texas with a shortage of qualified labor. Companies are in need of welders, commercial truck drivers, qualified operators, and even engineers.

The program is ear marked for as many as 1,200 students who have basic skills. Many of the grants will be used to help students who didn’t complete high school or have limited English speaking ability.

Alamo College will facilitate the grant, but money will flow to community colleges in the Coastal Bend, Laredo, SW Texas, and Victoria. Many of the schools can be found on our Eagle Ford Training & Education page.

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R.T. Dukes

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  1. Kirk Chaisson says:

    I’m considering a story about the Eagle Ford Shale and possible benefits to people from the Rio Grande Valley looking for work, and the development’s impact on the Valley as a whole. Would you be able to help me contact companies that are looking for entry level or mid-level skilled workers? You can email me back or call.
    Kirk Chaisson

  2. Lance D. Montgomery says:

    Mr. Dukes:

    I’m trying to find an online course, similar to PTRT 1312 Oil and Gas Industry government reporting, Preparing reports for the RR commission, Osha, Environmental State and Federal etc.,in the local area. Coastal Bend College was going to offer an “In Class” course but it didn’t make. From what I could find out, the students indicated that it was a boring class designed to train students to prepare all, about 100, of the Local, State and Federal Government reports required to drill a well and handle the day to day reporting. This would be a good job for Accountants..

    It seems to me that a course of this type could be taught online. In my case I would have to travel 60 or 70 miles roundtrip to go to class. This is about as close as small communities get to the Beeville and Corpus Christi community colleges.

    The Texas Higher Education Co-ordinating Board is aware of PTRT 1312, talk to Duane Hiller, which is taught at other community colleges farther north of Alice, George West and Beeville locations.
    Please advise.

    Lance D. Montgomery

    • R.T. Dukes RT Dukes says:

      Mr. Montgomery,

      I wish I had a good answer for you. I’ll keep an ear to the ground and let you know when I hear of new developments. You might contact Alamo College directly.

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