Howard College Expanding Their Classes Thanks to a Government Grant

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Howard College in Big Spring is expanding some of it's classes thanks to a government grant.

The goal is to help them train students in several industries including the energy sector, so they're ready to step out into the workforce.

The grant will help Howard College prepare and train the growing workforce for wind technology, and other areas like welding, and hydraulics.

"Its going to give students the money to take classes, it's going to help us pay for instructors. We'll have a director of this program that the State of TX has approved, plus it will buy computers and tool kits," Tom Land with Howard College, said.

Once the program is in place, College students won't be the only ones reaping the benefits. Kids in high school will be able to take dual credit classes aimed at training them in the technical trade.

"We've been working with Big Spring ISD, Forsan ISD, Coahoma ISD, and even Lamesa ISD to get kids ready for jobs in these fields that business and industry in Howard County is telling us that they need," Land said.

On top of the grant money, the College is getting funds from local Big Spring organizations.

"The Economic Development Corporation of Big Spring gave us about $225,000 to buy the equipment to help build this program," Land said.

They're also getting help to remodel one of their buildings that will accommodate the new classes at the College.

"We are using the Howard County sheriffs dept.  They are going to get this building done. The inmates are helping get this done and clean the building out," Land said.

Howard College hopes to incorporate high school students in the program at the beginning of the fall semester.

The grant money totaled more than $400,000.