With a new community-training program in place, Brazosport College is providing a jumpstart for those seeking careers as entry-level pipefitters, millwrights and electricians with local industry. Even better, the program is free of charge.
Funded by a Texas Workforce Commission grant, Brazosport College’s new Jumpstart program is a free, nine-week training that provides skills to participants who want to be hired in these high-demand fields.
Hosted by Brazosport College, the training program is free for students, with books, materials and tools provided. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED and must have a child at home under 18 years of age.
Candidates will need to provide specific documentation to counselors at the Lake Jackson Workforce Solutions office in order to determine eligibility. Applicants who are eligible to participate in Jumpstart will need to pay for and pass a hair-follicle drug test before being admitted into the program. The cost of the drug test is $100.
Once the training program is completed, students will have earned:
· Nine college credits from Brazosport College and a Marketable Skills Award;
· A National Career Readiness Certificate;
· Graduated from True-to-Life Ministries’ Employment 101 program and;
· NCCER Blue Card-Core.
In addition, these are stackable, portable, industry-recognized credentials. Once the program is completed, students also will have completed more than half of the credits required for a basic certificate in these disciplines.
Employers have pledged to consider successful Jumpstart completers for priority employment in the Brazosport area.
The Jumpstart program will be offered twice, with the first session beginning June 16 and ending August 15. The program will be offered again from September 22 to November 21. Applications for the second session are not being accepted at this time.
Class times are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Space is limited, so interested parties should not hesitate to apply immediately.
For more information or to apply for the program, visit the Texas Workforce Solutions office in Lake Jackson, located at 491 This Way Street, or call 979.297.6400.
About Brazosport College: Located in Lake Jackson, Texas, Brazosport College offers a broad range of courses and classes to address diverse educational objectives. Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree can enroll in academic classes, as well as courses in major fields of study, which will transfer to four-year schools. Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top 10 community colleges, Brazosport College also offers more than 20 certificate programs and is one of three schools in Texas to offer a Bachelor Degree in Applied Technology. For more information about Brazosport College, visit www.brazosport.edu.
Billy Loveless 05/29/2014