The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded South Texas College a grant to offer students comprehensive, academic and technical programs as well as high demand occupation training. The $122,544 grant will support STC’s Division of Business, Public Safety, and Technology‘s efforts in conducting an eight-week training program for students. The program will cover basic maintenance of electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and refrigeration, and construction systems.
Participants will also install basic components utilizing a variety of construction tools and equipment. Training includes construct and fabricate basic building components required in the maintenance and upkeep of building systems as well. They will also be introduced to proper safety practices, being required to pass the Occupational Safety and Health Act exam. This consists of a 10-hour training course by the completion of the eight-week training program.
High demand occupations related to the training include electricians, and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics. Training also leads to careers as installers and installation repair occupations.
Mario Reyna, dean of Business, Public Safety and Technology says the grant will serve students and the community greatly.
“The construction industry is in dire need for well-educated and trained individuals to help them meet the demands of a booming economy,” says Reyna. “This grant will promote the industry to the community and recruit interested individuals in three areas – electricians, HVAC and construction management. These three technical professions will support the industry to continue the rapid expansion that will continue into the foreseeable future.”