In a collaboration that began in Fall 2018 between Henderson Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO), Henderson ISD and the Workforce Solutions East Texas, HEDCO has sought and received a $150,000 High Demand Job Training grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to train Career & Technology Education students at Henderson High School. HEDCO is matching the $150,000 from the state agency so that $300,000 is going to the school district for the training. HEDCO’s match comes from the ½ cent sales tax HEDCO collects locally for economic development.
In particular, the funds will be utilized to make minor renovations and purchase equipment and supplies for the welding and health science programs at Henderson High School. The remodeling, equipment and the teaching materials will enable the ISD to provide advanced training in the CTE center on the Henderson High School campus.
Specifically, a portion of the training is for welders. The medical facilities and improvements will enable training for nursing assistant and lab technicians including phlebotomists, pharmacy technicians and EKG technicians. These job categories are in demand in our region, so they are included on TWC’s High Demand Job listing.
In addition to some minor remodeling to the welding center, the additional equipment includes 9 new multipurpose welders and 15 new welding stations, along with necessary welding supplies and storage cabinets.
The health science facilities will be remodeled to resemble a modern medical clinic, with new classroom and lab areas, lab equipment, lab tables, digital display boards, and student collaboration desks and chairs.
The goal of the grant in Henderson is to provide training for High Demand Jobs for approximately 400 students annually at Henderson High School. Students graduating with skills developed from these programs will have better opportunities for work and higher earning capacity as a result of the improved training in high school. It is a win/win for the school system, HEDCO, students and for area employers.