Round Rock Chamber Announces Accelerated Certification Programs

HVAC and plumbing training classes offer completion in four months

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Chamber today announced that it 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.

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.

“The program is designed to adapt quickly to the changing needs of the workforce and to fill the needs of immediate job openings in our area,” said Dr. Hector Aguilar, ACC Executive Dean of Continuing Education.

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 classes were developed to give participants the opportunity to earn an ACC credential and to increase the number of skilled professionals in Central Texas,” RRISD Director of Career and Technical Education Sheri Bonds stated.

The HVAC program began on October 16 and will continue through February 19. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays 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 November 2 with the last class scheduled for February 24. 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.

“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.