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National Skilled Trades Day Recognized

The Brazos Valley is working hard to create a highly skilled, next generation workforce to meet the needs of our community and beyond.
The first Wednesday in May has been designated as National Skilled Trades Day, with 2019 bringing the first edition. The day is meant “to celebrate and shed a positive light on skilled trade jobs,” according to City Machine Technologies, an Ohio company that worked to establish the day.
As we noted for National CTE Month earlier this year, jobs in the skills trades have proven to be difficult to fill. Recent statistics show 645,000 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector open across the nation, plus 253,000 jobs in manufacturing unfilled.
The Texas A&M University System has made significant recent efforts to address the growing openings in the workforce. With the creation of the RELLIS Campus, the RELLIS Academic Alliance of System universities and agencies “offers next-training and certifications in a variety of in-demand skills, from agricultural technology to law enforcement," according to the System.
The Blinn College District is a training partner at RELLIS, and offers technical and community education programs. It notes more than two dozen programs “have been designed in partnership with industry leaders to provide students the knowledge and skills they need to enter the workforce immediately after completion.”
Among the A&M System agencies is the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. Its Knowledge Engineering’s Workforce Solutions team talks about offering “training with expert instructors who focus on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that workers need to make an impact.” Also under the A&M System is the Texas A&M Transportation Institute focuses on workforce development to ensure a strong set of transportation professionals.
Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, an affiliate of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, works to provide a regional workforce development system that it says “exceeds customer expectations and enhances the availability of skilled, productive workers.”
The two school districts serving the region are also heavily invested in career and technical education. Bryan Independent School District and College Station ISD each offer approximately a dozen CTE career clusters to ensure high school students have as many career experiences and opportunities available to them. Bryan ISD’s 50,000 square foot CTE Center will open for the 2019-2020 school year.
(Photo provided by the Blinn College District)