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Workforce Solutions: Need for Valley Skilled Workers Expecte

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The Cameron County organization said major industries like LNG are zeroing on the Valley.

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The Cameron County organization said major industries like LNG are zeroing on the Valley.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12941/7222387?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:10:41 +0000 Workforce Solutions: Need for Valley Skilled Workers Expecte The Cameron County organization said major industries like LNG are zeroing on the Valley. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12941/7222387?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KRGV well, happy r3 profession as an emergency medical technician for something a little more rugged...he's now a pipe fitter working in houston... "this is a job that allows you to work with our hands and think with your head - and you can travel the country, you can travel the world in this industry" he says he wouldn't trade his job for any other -- and the pay, is often more than what a 4-year college graduate makes "the average welder pipe fitter, traveling ones like myself, your pay range can vary from $75 to $120,000 at the end of the year" medina, originally from la feria, says most valley workers in this field are forced to work in areas like corpus christi and houston - where there's a big demand for their skills cameron county workforce solutions executive director pat hobbs, tells us that need is coming to the valley. "if you have a skill set that can make somebody money, then you're probably going to have a job" the problem is, he says, is that right now the valley doesn't have the number of skilled workers that these companies will need. the valley's biggest unemployed sector are those 35 and older without a learned trade "we pushed everybody towards a 4-year degree, we stopped teaching the technical skills in high schools, no more career and technical education program and it hurt us in the longrun now, we don't have a qualified technically trained workforce to supply the labor that some of these industries are going to require." hobbs says with the strong possibility that more than one l-n-g company will come to the rio grande valley, he's working with the local school districts and technical colleges to make sure they train people here, and put them to work. "the demand is going to be tremendous...we need to put the carrot out there to the upcoming high school graduates that these types of jobs are going to be needed, number one, they're going to pay a high salary, more than what we are used to, and if you want one of those jobs here's where you go to get the training to be ready to take the jobs" medina is a member of local union 211 in harlingen -- that's where he learned his trade as a pipe fitter... he says those looking for a career change can also train now for the hundreds of jobs that will be available... he says there's several welding schools, from brownsville to mcallen and some technical colleges also offer courses. this blue collar is no longer the blue collar trade, you know, as far as income goes, it's very rewarding, benefits, very rewarding, and the valley needs to step up the valley needs to realize what is to come and we need to prepare for it" so just how many workers are we talking about? hobbs says the number for just two processing plants for one l-n-g company means the need for... "-649 carpenters -515 electicians -35 instrumentation workers -275 iron workers -400 laborers -223 mill rights workers -225 operators -450 pipe fitters" hobbs says some of these skills programs can be completed in as little as one to two years. hobbs says





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