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Workforce Commission awards nearly $292,000 to Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district

The Texas Workforce Commission recently awarded nearly $292,000 to the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district, which will help current and former foster care kids complete high school and find jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission recently awarded nearly $292,000 to the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district, which will help current and former foster care kids complete high school and find jobs.

Four organizations across Texas will participate in the pilot program, according to a news release from the Workforce Commission.

"We help get them back on track and give them some experience in the work field," said Mike Gonzales, a spokesman for Workforce Solutions. "So they can not only graduate with a degree but also graduate with some experience."

The program is open to current and former foster care kids between 16 years old and 25 years old.

Funding from the Workforce Commission will allow the district to help participants earn high school diplomas or GEDs, find internships and learn marketable skills.

Children in foster care are three times more likely to drop out of high school, according to data from the Texas Education Agency.

“It is imperative that Texas gives every child the best chance to succeed, and this is especially true for at-risk foster children,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in the news release. “The Foster Youth Dropout Recovery and High School Completion pilot program is an important collaboration between community and education and workforce agencies to help ensure Texas foster youth have the chance to obtain a postsecondary degree or gain workforce skills needed for successful employment. I am proud of the important work this program has started and look forward to its success.”

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