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.
The Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Mid Coast Construction Academy (MCA) will provide pre-apprenticeship and formal apprenticeship training programs that are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship program, which include: written standards, work process schedules, curriculum instruction guidelines, an affirmative action plan, qualification criteria, selection procedures and employer acceptance agreements. These programs meet all federal and state requirements for formal apprenticeship including employer-sponsored classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Upon successful completion, craft workers will qualify to take the journey level test and upon passing, are recognized at the journey level in their trade and are awarded their apprenticeship certificate.
The program will be developed by committees made up of Associated Builders & Contractors, Texas Mid Coast Chapter members that are experts in the fields of study with guidance from consultants with program knowledge and expertise.
The standardized construction curriculum is developed by NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) and offers portable credentials. The managing ABC Chapter is an accredited NCCER Assessment Center and Training Sponsor with an NCCER Master Trainer and Administrator and a Coordinator on staff.
The objective of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Mid Coast Construction Academy (MCA) is to develop a structured training program that combines on-the-job training with related instruction.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, long term (2014-2024) occupational projections in Texas show a 27.8% increase in employment for electricians and a 24.7% increase in employment for plumbers (pipefitters, steamfitters). Data source: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2016), the annual wage range for electricians was $31,800 - $90,420+ (median wage was $52,720) and the annual wage range for plumbers (pipefitters, steamfitters) was $30,430 - $90,530+ (median wage was $51,450).
Upon completion of the electrical and plumbing apprenticeships, the opportunity for job seekers to gain employment is very likely.
Management & Organization
The Academy will be managed by a Board of Trustees
appointed by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Texas Mid Coast Chapter
Board of Directors with daily oversight by the ABC President / CEO / NCCER Master Trainer and Administrator and staff.
The program will be developed by committees made up of Associated Builders & Contractors, Texas Mid Coast Chapter members and other experts in the fields of study with guidance from consultants with program knowledge and the Department of Labor.
Staff (Master Trainer & Coordinator) will communicate with:
- Department of Labor to maintain a healthy program according to standards
- NCCER for credentialing and certificates
- Pearson for textbooks
- Independent School Districts for marketing, agreements, student records, feedback, instructor certifications and training unit set up
- Construction Industry Partners for feedback and to coordinate field trips (ABC members)
- Community Partners for presentations, funding and feedback (Economic Development Corporations, VBEC, TWC, Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent, Education Foundations, etc.)
- Landlord for facility lease and maintenance
- Training Center Consultants for advice on structure, issues that arise and expanding programs (Dr. Mike Sandroussi, other ABC Chapters, ABC National, etc.)
- Instructors for certification, supply needs, student issues, etc.
The Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Mid Coast Construction Academy (MCA )will primarily use the NCCER Build Your Future marketing materials with supplemental videos for better understanding. The materials for include: posters, bookmarks, trading cards, t-shirts, sunglasses, caps, cozies, pencils and various brochures depending on target audience.
Growth potential for the program is substantial due to the large geographic coverage area targeted but will be limited due to commute distance beyond the 8 counties.
The target market will be current students, due to the greater program completion rate and adults who qualify. For this reason, the main marketing focus will be in the area schools. However, due to the affirmative action plan provided in the Department of Labor paperwork, we will seek opportunities to promote the program to women and minorities by distributing information on social media, newspaper ads, employment agencies, Boys & Girls Clubs and Texas Workforce Commission.