(WACO) – The Waco Independent School District and Texas State Technical College on Wednesday, April 12, commemorated the awarding of a $220,870 Jobs and Education for Texans, or JET, grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The funding will be used for Waco ISD to purchase equipment and train 175 high school students to work in the automotive services industry. School district and technical college leaders said the grant will fill a need for qualified and professional automotive technicians in Waco and give them skills sets to make productive citizens. The partnership will enable the automotive technology curricula at TSTC and Waco ISD to better align. The announcement and ceremonial check signing by Julian Alvarez, Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor, took place at Waco High School’s Automotive Technology Lab.