NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A better trained workforce for Deep East Texas begin this fall. That's when the new Nacogdoches County Career and Technical Training Center opens its doors.
The project has launched a stronger relationship between business and educators.
The Nacogdoches County Career and Technical Training Center has been on the drawing board for over four years. Finally planners are hearing progress.
So many people worked on the center's development that ceremonial groundbreaking photographs were done in shifts.
In 2010, economic developers encouraged Nacogdoches County to buy the former beer distributor building. The Nacogdoches school district now has ownership, but all schools county wide will benefit.
"We want to be able to try to train students to go out and be ready to go into our industry and our workforce," said Jeannie Summers, Nacogdoches ISD's technical education director.
Angelina College is the education partner. Employers can custom order needed instruction for their workers.
"They are being sent out here to take all kinds of specialty courses to serve the workforce community of this area," said Dr. Larry Phillips, the president of Angelina College.
At a business education forum, employers and educators from Nacogdoches, Cherokee and rusk counties exchanged ideas for a better prepared workforce.
"Education and economy equals economic development and if we have those two working together we're going to get there," said Dr. Fred Hayes, the Nacogdoches ISD superintendent. "And that's what we're trying to do here today is to bridge the two."
Discussion is a start. A new training center is the tangible contribution. Next, educators and businesses agree funding is essential. Career and technical training rely on all three.
Work is underway at the Nacogdoches County Career and Technical Training Center. It's scheduled to open the fall of 2015.