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Jobs training program in SA could receive $1 million from new legislation

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) says more money means more people can go through these programs.

SAN ANTONIO — A new house appropriations spending bill is set to include $1.6 million for San Antonio projects, according to Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX).

Of that money, one million dollars of it will go to Project QUEST, a jobs training and career development program in San Antonio. The program counsels people on their skills and career options, connects them with specific training programs, helps them with job placement and coaches them as their jobs begin. Project QUEST has stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide career coaching and training for people who were affected by the economic crisis.

Another $500,000 is set to go to Communities in Schools San Antonio, which works to re-engage students. Also, nearly $100,000 would go to lab equipment at the Westside Education Training Center. 

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) says more money means more people can go through these programs.

"Things like health care, cybersecurity; it'll give them a new chance to pursue a different career. It's workforce retraining. There's so many people in that boat right now- businesses were forced to close, employees were laid off or lost their jobs; this is a big priority for San Antonio right now," Castro said.

Click here to learn more about Project QUEST and its services.

You can also check out a KENS 5 in-depth feature on CDL driving programs in partnership with Project Quest. KENS 5 also has a feature on a new job training center at Port San Antonio, also in partnership with Project QUEST and other organizations.