NCTC receives $5 Million Grant to help unemployed

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

GAINESVILLE, TX-- North Central Texas College helps thousands of students prepare for their future every year. Now, they will be able to help unemployed adults advance their education, as well.

Djuana Forrester, the Dean of Lifelong Learning, helps people find jobs every day. And now she has help from the Department of Labor.

"The goal is to provide either upscale training for and incumbent worker or to provide training for someone to move into the advanced technology market," Forrester said.

A $5 million grant, from the Department of Labor, aims to help long-term unemployed workers train for jobs in specialized technical fields.

The 4 year grant will teach advanced training and specific skills, to 125 people each with an associates degree, who are seeking jobs in science, technology or engineering.

Janie Bates, with Workforce Solutions Texoma, said this program will help Cooke County, which has an unemployment rate of 4.4%.

"Those occupations that have a specific skill, a specific vocational type of certification, those are the people who nearly always have a job and they're the people who are getting jobs," Bates explained.

Forrester said the program will take about one year to complete. The grant pays students tuition, textbook and testing. It gets underway this fall...and they'll start taking applications August 1st.

"It's a phenomenal opportunity for the college to be able to serve them in a market that we have not had," Forrester said.


Applicants must have at least an Associate's degree, must be able to pass a criminal background check, must pass reading and math assessments/aptitude tests, must complete an application process, and must speak to an intake advisory and be consistently connected with that advisory throughout their training and subsequent job search.


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Students interested in finding out more about the grant can visit the NCTC website at On the main page, click on the Lifelong Learning tab, then choose Advanced Technology. From there, you can click on a link specific to the H1B grant.

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