STC PMT Fast Start Certificate to be offered this fall 


STC PMT Fast Start Certificate to be offered this fall 

Thanks to a $127,303 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, South Texas College is developing new Fast Start programs in Precision Manufacturing Technology certificate to start Fall 2015. Pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges, the program will provide individuals that have working industrial experience the opportunity to receive a certificate in a short amount of time.

The accelerated options built into the Fast Start Programs in PMT certificate are designed for students that have at least one year of industry experience. Coursework is designed to gain technical skills in general basic manufacturing, with the curricula incorporating a variety of course studies and machine equipment. The program consists of six classes, two of which are online, some hybrid course options, and others available through credit-by-exam to facilitate the earning of credits and provide a faster route to the workforce.

Participating students are also required to complete at least three National Institute of Metalworking Skills credentials in order to complete the program. Students are also encouraged to continue their education in the STC PMT program by applying all coursework towards the PMT Associate of Applied Science degree.

In the Lower Rio Grande Regional Area, Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. indicates that the most recent median hourly earnings for machinist occupations were $15.36. In the State of Texas, the most recent median hourly earnings were $18.59 and nationally were $19.03. Additionally, EMSI predicts machinist occupations should experience 26.4% growth rate in Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Starr, Willacy, and Zapata counties between 2014 and 2024.  A total of 81 additional job openings are expected during this time period. During this same time period, it is expected the state of Texas should have a total of 7,165 machinist occupations, and nationally, a total of 48,569 job openings.

For more information regarding the program, contact STC project manager Esmeralda Adame at 872-6163 or