The Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Mid Coast Construction Academy (MCA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
The mission of the Academy is to promote and educate students and jobseekers about the construction industry and develop skilled labor through pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships. The Academy will prepare students with career ready job skills to enter the workforce with confidence. The attained skills will promote local and regional job growth that pay wages that are at least equal to the prevailing wage for the applicable occupation in the local labor market area. This program will provide students with job-related skills that will enable unemployed individuals to obtain employment.
The benefits of the services provided include: contributing to the economic development of the Mid Coast region, training of future taxpayers, offering lucrative career opportunities to students (promotes better self-esteem, discourages drug usage and high school dropout), educating local individuals versus paying per diem for commuting labor which drives up construction costs, allowing businesses to bid more work which increases revenue, and fulfilling the need for skilled labor in the construction industry.
The target market is students enrolled in schools in Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria Counties, as well as the public seeking education opportunities.
The demand for skilled labor in the construction industry and in the Mid Coast region are at an all-time high, especially after Hurricane Harvey devastated our area. The Academy will offer education opportunities and develop journey level, qualified labor to grow our economy.
The Academy will seek grants and donations and collect tuition to fund the cost of instructor compensation and certifications, textbooks, transportation, supplies, materials, administrative costs, marketing and overhead.
The key partners for funding and program development are: educational partners, education foundations, Sales Tax Corporations, school districts, Texas Workforce Commission, Department of Labor, and industry leaders within the community.
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In the Mid Coast Region, there is a critical shortage of skilled labor that is projected to grow over the next decade. Trained plumbers and electricians enjoy one of the most stable employment futures in the workforce and licensed plumbers and electricians experience a current average starting salary of $23 per hour in our area. Mid Coast Construction Academy is proud to partner with local businesses, school districts, and individuals as we address this issue through education and career development.
Partial funding for Mid Coast Construction Academy provided by Cuero Economic Development Corporation