Laredo HS receives over $300K grant for its CTE department | #education | #technology | #training


The Texas Workforce Commission Jobs and Education for Texas presented a grant at Cigarroa High School on Wednesday.

TWC Commissioner of Labor Julian Alvarez III awarded the $332,500 grant check to the district’s Career and Technical Education Department at Cigarroa High School. This marks the third time Cigarroa has received this fund.

“The most important thing that we should always keep in mind is that we’re working for one purpose only, which is to give our students the best opportunities to develop, grow and to experience things before they can join the workforce either when they finish high school, when they finish an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, and make sure they have the experience necessary to meet the challenges and demands of the people they are working with,” Cigarroa High School Principal Jose Iznaola said.

The funds were directed toward the Cigarroa CTE Department to purchase equipment for students who are training to become health care professionals and receive their certification in the health science field. Equipment purchased includes medical beds, EKG equipment, patient mannequins and more. 

Students present gave guests demonstrations of their training and what they have been able to practice with the acquired equipment.


In a single day, the Texas Workforce Commission distributed around $600,000 in grants to students in Laredo, Commissioner Julian Alvarez said.

Cigarroa is one of only two high schools to the JET grant multiple times in the state of Texas.

“If you think of all the technology and JET grants that have been awarded, you will see that they have all gone to The Valley,” Alvarez said.

Additionally, Alvarez said that through his trips around the country, he has been witness to how workers at the professional level are using the equipment and the preparations students in Texas have had at the high school level. 

He continued highlighting the next generation of graduates, emphasizing how job seekers are desperate for the next generation to graduate as they are more prepared than ever.

“Job seekers are dying for you to graduate, because they want you to work there,” Alvarez said, “Not one student that is going to graduate from this class can say they can’t find a job.”

Alvarez emphasized that because many companies are relocating to Texas, health care professionals are needed now more than ever.

Laredo ISD partnered with South Texas Training Center to prepare students to obtain certifications including Certified EKG/ECG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Certified Nurse Assistant and Patient Care Technicians. These are professions recognized as in-demand for the local economy, according to LISD. 



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