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North Lake College, in partnership with the Construction Education Foundation, has been awarded a $1,483,039 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant will provide job training to 19 building contractors in 11 counties.
The grant will be used to custom train 619 Texas employees, including plumbers, electricians and sheet metal workers. Upon completion, participants may be eligible for certifications in Rigging, Apprentice Plumber, Journeyman Plumber, Master Plumber and Apprentice Electrician.
This project directly responds to current and looming shortages in the construction industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 20 percent of the skilled construction workforce will retire in the next four to six years. The industry lost two million skilled workers in the recent recession, and skilled craft training is at an all time low – yet, according to HR Consulting Firm Alpha Resources, more than 80,000 skilled craftspeople are currently needed in the Gulf Coast region alone. The shortage of workers, if not addressed, could significantly affect growth and development in our state.
Texas Workforce Commissioner Ronald Congleton will present a check to North Lake College President, Christa Slejko and Executive Director of the Construction Education Foundation Jane Hanna at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony May 21 in the Haas Room at the North Lake College West Campus, 1401 E 14th St.