Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Partners with Digital Workforce Academy

 

Last updated 3/5/2024 at 6:12pm

To help bridge the skills gap for customers new to the construction industry, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas has partnered with Digital Workforce Academy to provide free certified pipefitter helper pre-apprenticeships.

The first class is already underway with 15 students and was funded using the Local First donation provided by Golden Triangle Polymers Company, a new facility under construction in Orange County.

Ten more classes are planned this year in Orange and Port Arthur and are certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

“We're changing the way industry and community come together. These trainees are going to develop skills that lead to a lifelong career, and this helps build the entire community up one family at a time,” said Melvin White, founder and operator of Digital Workforce Academy, the non-profit arm of Golden Triangle Empowerment Center (GTEC).

Individuals interested in learning more about the Digital Workforce Academy and signing up for classes can go online to gtec-triangle.org for more information and to apply. There are no class prerequisites and classes are free.

“Since we first announced Golden Triangle Polymers was coming to Orange County, our goal has been to provide meaningful and sustainable opportunities for local residents. Finding a local educator to upskill local workers is exactly what we had in mind, and we appreciate Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas for making the connection,” said Heather Betancourth, spokesperson for Golden Triangle Polymers.

About Golden Triangle Empowerment Center

Golden Triangle Empowerment Center was established in 1999 and has been in Southeast Texas since 2007. They offer a comprehensive learning experience that prepares individuals to succeed in the construction trade industry. The organization also has strong partnerships with maintenance and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors in the region. Their approach is to increase the capacity of local skilled workers who can enter the construction trades in entry-level trade positions and grow their skills in a registered apprenticeship program. For more information about GTEC, please visit https://gtec-triangle.org/

About Local First

Local First is an initiative launched in 2023 by Golden Triangle Polymers Company to help residents in the region see and compete for employment. Through the Local First program, the company is collaborating with Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas to prioritize Orange County and the Golden Triangle region first when sourcing workers for the construction of their new facility.

About Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas is one of 28 Workforce Boards in the state of Texas that is responsible for leading and governing the region’s workforce system. As an administrative body, it provides oversight for employment and training programs in our area. The Southeast Texas region consists of Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties.

 

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