Panola College awarded $112,500 in Texas Reskilling Grants to assist students

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Panola College was awarded $112,500 in Texas Reskilling Grants by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to assist students.

Panola College was awarded $112,500 in Texas Reskilling Grants by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

The THECB awarded a total of $18.1 million to 40 applicants, representing 49 institutions across the State. The program is supported by a portion of the $175 million allocated to the THEBC from the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief (GEER) Fund.

The grants will provide financial assistance to Texas students who wish to return to school but need help covering the cost of tuition and fees.

“We are excited about the Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program and the impact that it will have for our community,” said Dean of Health Sciences Kelly Reed-Hirsch, who played a role in writing the grant. “This grant will enable Texans to return to college to finish their certificate or degree or improve upon their skills – upskill – and get back into the workforce following stopping-out or dropping-out of college.”

According to Harrison Keller, the Commissioner of Higher Education, the grants will play an important role in supporting Texas students as well as driving the recovery of the Texas economy from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We can help students who have previously stopped out of higher education without completing a postsecondary credential as well as help displaced Texas workers who need to reskill and upskill and complete a higher education credential so they can rejoin the workforce and get back on their feet,” Keller said. “Our Texas institutions are making significant commitments to create programs that keep more students on track to enter the workforce with the high-value credentials and education that tomorrow’s economy will demand.”

The grant application, along with a full list of qualifications, may be found on www.panola.edu by clicking Explore Scholarships near the bottom of the homepage.