During a special called meeting Thursday, November 8, 2018, HEDCO (Henderson Economic Development Corporation) approved a matching grant application through the Texas High Demand Job Training Program, an extension of Texas Workforce Commission.

Lisa McCreary of the CTE (Career and Technology Education Center) at Henderson High School and John Clary HEDCO executive director presented a slideshow presentation to the board asking for a matching grant in the amount of $150,000.

The grant request would have to be written by ETCOG (East Texas Council of Governments) and presented to Texas Workforce Commission along with any other request in the region.

“At this time we don’t know of any other requests so this is a great time to submit the grant request,” said McCreary.

According to McCreary the matching grant from HEDCO and the one from the Texas High Demand Job Training Program would total $300,000 and would be used to purchase supplies and equipment and to upgrade the facility currently used by Career & Technology Education Center at Henderson High School.

“The two most critical programs are Health Science Services and CTE Welding facilities,” said Clary.

The current facilities were built in the 1970’s and have been used for various things for years and needs to be upgraded. Currently classrooms are small and cumbersome with three hospital beds in the same area as the classroom.

The goal is to have two larger updated areas and new classroom equipment.

Clary said, “There are other programs available with this grant but we felt that the two we chose (Health Sciences and Welding) to present are the greatest needs.”

Although HEDCO approved the $150,000 grant the next step is to go to ETCOG the Workforce Board of East Texas for possible approval in December and then submitted to Texas Workforce Commission.

By Dan Moore, The Henderson News