New Bryan CTE complex will help fill need for skilled workers

Published: Jul. 16, 2019 at 5:50 PM CDT
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Bryan ISD will open the doors to their new CTE Facility this fall, and its impact will go beyond the city limits. Students from Caldwell and Snook ISD will now take courses there.

The goal of the partnership is to provide students in rural communities with courses that aren't offered at their schools.

"Bryan has selected certain trainings because those trainings we have an adequate need for employers to hire these individuals," said Tom Wilkinson, the executive director of Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley.

The campus will offer technical certificates in welding, automotive, construction, and industrial engineering.

"They finish with BISD and then we can enroll them with a program with Blinn and help them with their payments to get that certificate," said Wilkinson.

Spherion Staffing works to match employers with the perfect candidates for their jobs. They say they see the most need for skilled trade workers.

"Those skill sets are hard. They take training, and they're definitely in high demand," said Katherine Kleemann, the license owner of Spherion.

Kleemann says students coming through the CTE complex will help fill the need in the community,

"That is going to be a great opportunity for our existing local businesses to find the talent that gets an early head start on what these tools and machines what they can do, how they work, the training, safety requirements," said Kleemann.

Students in Snook and Caldwell will be able to attend the CTE complex thanks to a state grant worth up to $700,000.

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