The chamber has partnered with Austin Community College (ACC) and Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) 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. Course content has been condensed from the typical twenty-four months to just four months.
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 will be held at Round Rock High School, 201 Deep Wood Drive, Round Rock, in room 507 of building 500.
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.
Classes Forming Now!
Next HVAC Class: February 2019 – July 2019 on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Classes break during holidays.
Next Plumbing Class: TBD
The classes run year round and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to register for the HVAC and plumbing courses, contact Luis Castillo, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.223.7525.
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area if funding 100% of the tuition for those who qualify. For more information, contact Pamela Zamudio, talent development specialist at 512.244.2207 x 1060 or John Garcia, youth talent development specialist at 512.244.2207 x 1060.
The chamber led the charge in creating the Round Rock accelerated certification program in order to help alleviate the workforce shortage issues being experienced by members of the local business community. If you are interested in learning more about the program for your current staff and/or if you are interested in recuiting current program students for your company, please contact Amy Mizcles, vice president of community enhancement, at 512.255.5805 or via email here.
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.