The Office of Governor Greg Abbott awarded a $332,324 Texas Talent Connection grant for workforce development to the Bay Area Houston Advanced Technology Consortium, otherwise known as BayTech, on Feb. 16, according to a release from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The grant will go toward aerospace electrical, composite and structural technician training for individuals in the Bay Area to create a pipeline of employees for local aerospace manufacturing companies, according to a release from BayTech partner San Jacinto College.

“Texas continues to increase the talent pipeline for the aerospace and manufacturing workforce with newly trained young people, ensuring Texas manufacturing production continues to lead the nation,” TWC Chair Bryan Daniel said in the TWC release. “Congratulations to BayTech for creating regional partnerships to support these industries, which are so important to the Gulf Coast and Texas.”

Following technician training, participants will sit for a nationally recognized certification exam called CertTEC, according to the TWC release.

The Texas Talent Connection grant program is run by the Texas Workforce Investment Council on behalf of the Office of Gov. Greg Abbott, and the program is funded by federal money.