A solid talent base is a key driver in the Best Southwest Partnership (BSP) region’s success.
Relocating and expanding companies can rely on the region’s network of colleges, universities and technical colleges to supply a steady stream of educated and highly skilled workers. Mountain View College, Cedar Valley College, the University of North Texas at Dallas, Northwood University’s Cedar Hill campus and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) all work with industry to ensure the workforce is equipped with the skills businesses need to thrive.
Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, for example, has broadened the curriculum in its logistics program in response to the distribution and warehousing explosion that has occurred in southern Dallas County and northern Ellis County. Another example is the automotive technology program, which now offers students industry certifications through partners, such as Snap-on and Fiat Chrysler, to meet workforce needs.
“We are also moving in a similar direction in our heating, air conditioning and refrigeration program and meeting the demand in the commercial space of this industry. It’s all about getting students ready for good jobs and careers,” says Henry Martinez, associate director of marketing and public relations for Cedar Valley College.
“We are continuously engaging with business and industry partners in our region to ensure that our programs align with the workforce needs of our community.”