JET Grant To Lift MISD Welding Program


 MERCEDES – Mercedes Independent School District is one of 11 school districts in the Rio Grande Valley to receive a Jobs & Education for Texans grant by the Texas Workforce Commission. The JET grant provides funding to purchase and install equipment to train students in welding, health sciences, manufacturing and other high-demand professions. The district was formally presented with a check for $192,833 on April 16.


According to Career & Technology Education Director Debbie Winslow, M.Ed., the money will be used to purchase the following items for the Mercedes High School welding program: one VERTEX 360+  Dual User welding training simulator; five Lincoln Invertec V350 Pro welders; five DownFlex 200-M Weld Fume downdraft tables; one 10WD HP rotary screw air compressor; two 55Ton 3PH 230Volt with PowerLink ironworkers; and five Smart Suitcase wirefeeders.


“With the JET grant we are able to purchase more professional-grade equipment so our welding students continue to receive the best career training possible,” Winslow said. 


“We are pleased to receive the JET grant and strengthen our welding program with the funds,” said Superintendent Carolyn Mendiola, M.Ed. “We are very proud of the CTE program in our district. So many of our students are graduating with high-demand job skills, which means they have promising futures.”                                                                                                                                         


The JET program provides grants to public colleges and school districts to purchase and install equipment for career and technical education courses or programs that lead to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree in a high-demand occupation. To learn more about JET grants, visit


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Note: Digital image available. (Left to right) Nancy Lopez Castillo, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for MISD Curriculum & Instruction; Carolyn Mendiola, M.Ed., MISD superintendent; and Debbie Winslow, M.Ed., director of MISD Career & Technology Education accept the Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) grant check from the Texas Workforce Commission on April 16.