South Texas College has been awarded a $204,058 grant to train students in architectural and civil drafting.

The Texas Workforce Commission announced the grant, which will be used to buy and install equipment for initially training 130 students.

The Architectural and Engineering Design Technology program prepares students for employment in architectural, visual and civil engineering technology industries.

“Congratulations to South Texas College on helping students shape their futures in pursuit of an engineering career,” said Julian Alvarez, TWC commissioner representing labor. “This training program provides an opportunity for students to seek industry recognized certifications for in-demand fields of employment. Training opportunities like these set students on a path toward a career and help keep the future of the Texas workforce and South Texas bright.”

Through funding provided by the Legislature, TWC uses the so-called JET grants to defray start-up costs associated with developing career and technical education programs for public community, state, technical colleges, and school districts.