BC Jumpstart students gain employment

BC Jumpstart students gain employment

Mon Aug 25, 2014
Brazosport College recently graduated thirteen students from its community-training Jumpstart program.  Students completing the initial Jumpstart training class were Saul Aguilar, John Bloomhuff, Rufus Branch, Justin Coles, Robert George, Gerald DeLuna, Nicole Hanson, Joel Huston, Demeka Martin, Norma Medina, Katrina Phillips and Elizabeth Taylor.  
Brazosport College recently graduated the first group of students from its community-training Jumpstart program, and most graduates have already been offered employment.

Applications are currently being accepted for a new session of the Jumpstart program, which is a free, nine-week training that provides skills to participants who want to be hired as entry-level pipefitters, millwrights and electricians with local industry.

The Jumpstart program began earlier this summer, with 13 students completing the program’s first session.

"Of the 13 participants that graduated, 10 are now employed by Fluor, one is employed by JV Construction and one chose to continue their pipefitting education by enrolling in advanced courses at BC,” said Art Longoria, Jumpstart Project Manager. "The Jumpstart program has been very successful, both in training program-eligible participants and in finding jobs for the participants that complete the training.” 

Students completing the initial Jumpstart training class were Hector Aguilar, Saul Aguilar, John Bloomhuff, Rufus Branch, Justin Coles, Robert George, Gerald DeLuna, Nicole Hanson, Joel Huston, Demeka Martin, Norma Medina, Katrina Phillips and Elizabeth Taylor.

The second Jumpstart session will be offered on Monday through Friday from September 15 to November 14. Space is limited, so interested parties should not hesitate to apply immediately.

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. The program is funded by a Texas Workforce Commission grant.

“A cooperative, multi-sector partnership is essential to building a skilled workforce for the Houston-Galveston region,” said Mike Temple, Director of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board  Workforce Solutions. “We are proud to partner with Brazosport College, and the funding provided by TWC to train prospective construction industry workers is valued and appreciated.”

Employers, such as Fluor, have pledged to consider successful Jumpstart completers for priority employment in the Brazosport area.

"Fluor is pleased to partner with Brazosport College, and we appreciate the generosity of the Texas Workforce Commission to fund this grant in support of the construction industry," said Shawn West, Fluor vice president and Gulfstream project director. "As Gulfstream and other similar projects progress, we see continued job opportunities for skilled workers. We encourage those seeking to join the construction industry to engage in programs such as Jumpstart to build their careers.

Jumpstart 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.

The Jumpstart program is possible because of Brazosport College’s many partnerships with companies such as Associated Builders and Contractors and Texas Workforce Commission, and their shared focus on training a skilled workforce.

“ABC and Brazosport College have partnered for almost 40 years with a goal of providing a highly skilled workforce through hands-on training for local industry. We were pleased to once again partner with the college and the Texas Workforce Commission in this unique project,” said Becky Rinehart, Director of Education, ABC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter “The generous Jumpstart grant funds from the TWC made this possible. Our contractor partners and the industry as a whole will surely benefit not only for the current expansions in southern Brazoria County but far into the future.” 

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.