DALLAS-- The employment picture may be improving in North Texas with the announcement that grant money has been awarded to Skill Quest in Dallas.

About $500,000 has been awarded as part of the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education Grant (ACE).

During a news conference Tuesday, Skill Quest CEO Dr. Priscilla Kimery said, 'We applaud the tireless efforts of Dallas-area Interfaith, and it's sister organizations of the Network of Texas Organizations at the Texas Legislature in 2013 who made this grant a reality for Skill Quest.'

Kimery said the money will enable Skill Quest to support more than 200 low-income Dallas residents as they gather new skills for the work-force. Many of the long-term training programs offered by the agency require two years or more of study. They also provide career counseling. Most of the clients are students at area community colleges.

Brian Scruggs is one of the program's success stories. The 43-year-old is considering furthering his education in the field of automotive technology. The married father told News 8 that he's planning to expand his automotive business.

'The opportunities are endless. It's all about the determination that the person has,' Scruggs said. 'If there's something that you love, go for it. Don't pass up what lies in front of you.'

Skill Quest is still looking for donors and sponsors, as the grant money is only available for amounts they're able to secure from sponsors.Potentially, they will be injecting $1 million into the work they've been doing in Texas since 2012.

If you want more information on Skill Quest, you can call (214) 421-3555. You can also visit SkillQuest's website here.

The agency plans to hold two informational meetings for potential students in June.


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