Beginning March 2018, Howard College will offer students the opportunity to be apart of a new Construction Trades program.
According to Concho Valley Workforce Solutions, the need for construction workers increased massively in 2016. Through this program, Howard hopes to lend a hand in filling these empty roles.
The San Angelo Health Foundation, the Home Builders Association and other area businesses were able to donate $500,000 for the program. It is possible that the program will be awarded another $268,000 through the City of San Angelo’s Development Corp and a High Demand Skills Development Grant for $100,000 by the Texas Workforce Commission.
The funding will go up for a vote on Wednesday and then it will need to be approved by the City Council.
Howard says that even if the funding falls through, the program will still move forward and that the equipment will need to be purchased through private fundraising.
The classes beginning in March will offer students their Craftsmen Level 1 certification through subjects such as plumbing, electrical and framing. The class will also build a tiny home as their main project.