ODESSA - The Department of Education is spending some big money to focus on bilingual students in the Basin.
UTPB was given a grant worth nearly $2 million.
The cash will fund bilingual training for area educators and is open to teachers from all over the Permian Basin.
They're hoping to improve the performance and learning of students who speak English as a Second Language, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The grant will fund the tuition for students pursuing a teaching degree in bilingual elementary education as well as provide additional training for local teachers.