Cisco College announced an extension of its fast track program today thanks to a partnership with Workforce Solutions and the Development Corporation of Abilene.
Bathshua Hawkins is about to graduate the Cisco welding program in May. She said welding is in her genes.
"My mom was like your grandfather used to welled and he made a lot of great money," said Hawkins.
One teacher said his students start off making around $35.00 an hour. But to get these students ready for the industry they need money for equipment to train them.
Now thanks to a grant of nearly a quarter of a million dollars, Cisco College has state of the art welding equipment.
They will now be able to teach a new group of 40 students through the fast track program because of another donation made by the DCOA.
This grant was also close to a quarter of million dollars. Instructor Marks said in welding only the tough survive.
"It's fast pace, It's hard, It's not easy, It's not for everybody," said Marks.
He said when his students do succeed he feels gratified knowing he helped them not just with school but their future.