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TEXAS CITY ISD/ITC INDUSTRIAL TRADES CENTER CELEBRATES 1ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY: RICHARD CHAPA

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The Texas City ISD Industrial Trades Center (TCISD ITC)
is a program that was implemented to support students
across Galveston County as well as the industry workforce.
TCISD ITC administrators worked with industry
and community representatives to design the programs
in need. That became reality a year ago when the doors
opened and students began classes.
During their first year students received certifications in
OSHA 10, NCCER Core in all programs, NCCER Level 1
in Carpentry, Pipe Fitting and Electrical, AWS D-1 Certification
in Welding and NIMS and Fanuc Certifications
in Machining. Students also received Fork Lift Certifications.
Many of the Carpentry students volunteered their time
assisting Habitat for Humanity to build two homes in Texas
City and sets for the La Marque High School Drama
Club. They participated in SkillsUSA District Competition
and placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Carpentry Skills; Best of
Show; and went to compete at State and won 1st Place
in Projects.
The Maritime Program had two seniors from last school
year accepted to the Texas A&M Galveston Maritime Program
and one senior who received a recommendation to
the National Maritime Academy at Kings Point.
The Welding Program had students compete at SkillsUSA
District and received eight Superior Ratings on
their projects; one student won Best of Show and the
Welding 1 students won 1st and 3rd place in Skills.
All students are required to pass a 10 panel drug test to
enroll in these programs and must pass random tests all
year in order to remain in the programs. During the first
school year there was a 95% passing rate and to date
this school year it is a 98%
passing rate.
Enrollment from the
2016-17 school year to
the current year has gone
from 100 students to 300+
with approximately 350-
400 enrolling for the 2018-
19 school year.
There are many internships
made available to
the students from the
ITC classes. And plans
for the future are to have
Adult Training Evening
Programs and ITC Summer
Camps. Articulation
Agreements, Continuing
Education and Dual Credit
are also in the future possibly at College of the Mainland,
San Jacinto College and Texas A&M Galveston.
We have been so thrilled with how well the leaders of
the industry in the area have continued to be a part of the
program through the ITC Advisory Council which meets
here quarterly. It’s their continued support and guidance
that enables TCISD to help students reach their full potential
in the craft training programs offered.
An Open House is scheduled for March 22, 2018, 5:00p-
7:30pm for interested partners and community members
to witness firsthand the success of our students.
Richard Chapa
Director of Career & Technical Education
Texas City ISD Industrial Trades Center

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