A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

Last week, high school students from across Texas gathered to compete at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Corpus Christi. Over 8000 regional finalists were in attendance, competing in 200 competitions, vying for scholarships, awards, recognition, and a chance to compete at the national level.
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April 12, 2018
Johnny Torres, a Construction Technology student at JB Hensler College and Career Academy, knew from a young age that he wanted to build. Inspired by his father, who made a career out of the skilled trades and was always working on interesting projects around the house, Johnny immediately took to Legos.
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April 04, 2018
It turns out that it is safer to be a construction worker on a skyscraper than on a shorter building. According to a report in Commercial Observer, the safety measures utilized on major buildings that are 10 stories or more are much more stringent than the those put on minor buildings (less than 10 stories), and historically this has resulted in more fatal accidents on shorter building projects.
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January 26, 2017
If gas prices are higher the next time you fill up the tank, one of the reasons there will be less money in your wallet is a shortage of skilled craft professionals along the Gulf Coast. Reuters reports that refineries in the region have been forced to postpone some scheduled maintenance due to a lack of skilled craftspeople needed to complete the jobs.
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January 12, 2017
The lunch whistle has sounded at ABC's 2015 National Craft Championship, signaling to craft professionals that it is time safely secure their workstations and proceed to lunch. This morning, a similar whistle sounded, signaling the beginning of the skills portion of the craft competition. Within moments, the quiet focus and anticipation felt in the Grand Hall was overcome by organized commotion. Saws began to buzz. Hammers went to work. The smell of fresh cut wood accompanied fleeting whiffs of welding fumes.
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March 05, 2015
Applause erupted as spectators watched nearly 200 proud craft professionals march by and into the Floridian Ballroom at the Broward Convention center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, kick-starting ABC's 2015 National Craft Championships.
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March 04, 2015
Highly-skilled Heavy Equipment Operators, performing their duties on the job, make the equipment they operate an extension of themselves. Instead of over-thinking which levers to pull, what responses could occur and how to mitigate risk while remaining efficient, skilled operators develop an awareness about their machines which allows them to gracefully operate with confidence.
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February 18, 2015
Craft professionals all across the United States are geared up in anticipation, ready to compete in ABC’s 2015 National Craft Championships (NCC) coming in March to Fort Lauderdale, Fl. This multi-day event, with 15 different competitions, will draw in participants from 11 different skilled trades, all vying to be recognized as the best in their craft.
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February 13, 2015
Your safety-sense should be tingling about now for several reasons. I'd like to talk for a moment about the importance of taking personal responsibility for using personal protective equipment (PPE) effectively.
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February 10, 2015