Accelerated Certification Classes in HVAC and Plumbing Forming Now

HVAC and plumbing training classes offer completion in four months

The chamber partnered with Austin Community College (ACC) and Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) in 2017 to develop and implement accelerated certification programs for in-demand jobs in the skilled trades industries of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing.

As part of the partnership, ACC furnishes the curriculum, instructors, and equipment for the classes, RRISD provides the facility, and the chamber recruits companies to interview participants for post-certification hiring. The classes are open to the general public and are specifically geared toward un- and underemployed adults, but are also open to current RRISD students and staff members.

Classes for both HVAC and plumbing programs are held at Round Rock High School, 201 Deep Wood Drive, Round Rock, in room 507 of building 500. Classes are forming now.

The next HVAC class program will begin on August 20 and will continue through December 19. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The plumbing program will begin on October 15 with the last class scheduled for February 20.

“These programs have the dual purpose of helping fill the talent pipeline for highly needed positions and increasing the household income for those looking to improve their lives,” said Amy Mizcles, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement.

For more information on the programs and how to register for the HVAC and plumbing courses, contact Luis Castillo, program coordinator, at luis.castillo@austincc.edu or 512.223.7525.

The chamber has produced a multi-year workforce strategy called WROC (Workforce Realization Occurring Cooperatively) to ensure that there is an ample talent pool from which local businesses can pull. It is divided into four critical areas: replenishing the skilled trades; implementing accelerated certification learning opportunities; increasing direct-to-college enrollment; and supporting ancillary service capabilities. To read the complete workforce strategy, click here.