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(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today (June 21) that Weatherford College was among 22 community colleges across the state receiving more than $3.84 million in grant funds to help finance equipment purchases for new career and technical education programs that support fast-growing industries. The grant money from the Job Building Fund helps Texans get technical training for careers in high-demand occupations.
“This money will help schools buy specialized equipment and training materials to support work force development programs, continuing education training courses, and certificate and associate degree programs experiencing rapidly increasing enrollment,” Combs said.
Dr. Shirley Chenault, director of resource development at Weatherford College, said WC’s $332,260 grant will increase capacity and quality of clinical experiences necessary for associate degree nursing students. The school will use their grant money to place high-tech patient simulators in the current nursing laboratory setting, which will allow the college to expand the current capacity/enrollment of nursing students in the program.