LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This week the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance announced $900,000 in two different grants aimed at equipping young people with the skills necessary for good jobs.
$800,000 will go to assist in the cost of renovations at L-I-S-D's Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC), as well as in the expansion of its technical programs.
Another $125,000 will go toward training programs in eight area high schools for high-demand occupations such as welding, construction and culinary arts.
Instead of giving money to a business, this is an investment in our labor force. It is training for our young people to give them a reason to stay here as Lubbock grows.
Consider this...this is the most sensible thing that LEDA has done so far. Workforce training is real economic development that utilizes our human resources and equips people for jobs without the enormous debt of college.
Lubbock is growing. Investment in job training is a great way to prepare for the future.
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