Waco-Area Colleges Train Tomorrow's Workforce

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 07:31

Texas State Technical College’s four-college system, which includes the Waco campus, specializes in training for the technology, transportation and aviation fields.

“We are proud of the fact that what we do is workforce education,” says Ron Sanders, interim vice president for student learning.

For example, the college’s Federal Aviation Administration-certified aviation program includes pilot training and aircraft maintenance.

Sanders says the staff encourages students to earn an associate’s degree as well as the certificate, paving the way for a four-year degree.

“We provide a first-class, technical education to people at an incredible bargain,” Sanders says. “It’s a good start for a great life.”

Also in Waco, McLennan Community College offers vocational programs as well as arts and sciences studies to about 8,100 students on its 200-acre campus. The vocational programs include a police academy, fire academy, paralegal training, sign-language interpreter training and medical technology training.

“We are working with the city to create a new facility for emergency response,” says Ricardo Solis, dean of workforce education. “We’re a community college that responds to the needs of the community. We view education as workforce investment and workforce investment as economic development for the region.”