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TSC unveils four new training facilities at ITEC Center

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Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees Chairwoman Adela G. Garza, right center, and Workforce Solutions Cameron Executive Director Pat Hobbs, left center, celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Construction Trades Center at TSC’s International Technology, Education and Commerce Center (ITECC). The ribbon-cutting ceremony was one of four training facility unveilings held Oct. 9, 2020 at TSC’s ITEC Center in Brownsville, Texas.
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Texas Southmost College unveiled four new training facilities at the TSC International Technology, Education and Commerce Center (ITECC) on Oct. 9 during a ceremony at the ITECC’s Central Plaza. 

“This was an exciting day for TSC and the communities we serve,” said TSC President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez. “These new facilities are part of our efforts to provide the training and skilled workforce that our region and state needs, and will help get people back to work. And because this training is in demand, the lives of those we train, and their families, will be changed for the better.”

Joined by local industry and community leaders, TSC celebrated the $2.6 million buildout with four individual ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies.

Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees Chairwoman Adela G. Garza, left center, and Workforce Solutions Cameron Executive Director Pat Hobbs cut the ribbon to mark the opening of TSC Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology program facility on Oct. 9, 2020 during the unveiling ceremony of four new training facilities at TSC’s International Technology, Education and Commerce Center in Brownsville, Texas.

The multi-million-dollar buildout approved by the TSC’s Board of Trustees includes program training centers for welding, construction trades, criminal justice and industrial mechanics and maintenance technology. 

“We are proud to be introducing these state-of-the-art training centers and labs that will help train and educate the future generations of industry,” said TSC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Adela G. Garza. “These facilities also serve as a ray of hope for those unemployed by the pandemic because here they can train for new jobs and careers.”

For industry, this unveiling means a new era of training that will provide marketable candidates for a workforce that is in demand.

Texas Southmost College Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Career and Technical Education Murad Abusalim gives a tour of the new Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology facility to, from left, TSC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Adela Garza, TSC President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, and Trustees Ruben Herrera and Delia Saenz on Oct. 9, 2020 during the unveiling ceremony of four new training facilities at TSC’s International Technology, Education and Commerce Center in Brownsville, Texas.

Mike Willis, South Texas Manufacturers Association (STMA) board member and chair of the STMA Education and Workforce Committee called this unveiling a testament to industry partnerships.

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“We have worked closely with TSC leadership in identifying industry needs and their commitment to creating programs to meet those needs is invaluable,” said Willis. “It was refreshing to envision and work with them in creating a new industrial mechanics and maintenance program, and seeing them take charge in creating opportunities for new jobs in our region is remarkable.”

Harlingen Police Department Sergeant and Training Coordinator Jesus Sanchez shared the same sentiment and said that TSC’s new criminal justice facility and simulators are the kind of training that will be beneficial to their officers.

“This kind of reality-based training will give our officers and future officers a great advantage when applying for a place in our department,” said Sanchez. “This is possible because TSC understands how we need to move our training forward and this speaks volumes on how TSC wants to take care of the communities it serves.” 

Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees Chairwoman Adela G. Garza, left center, and Workforce Solutions Cameron Executive Director Pat Hobbs, right center, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for TSC’s Criminal Justice Simulation Center at the college’s International Technology, Education and Commerce Center (ITECC). The ribbon-cutting ceremony was one of four training facility unveilings held Oct. 9, 2020 at TSC’s ITEC Center. Also in photo, from left to right, Brownsville ISD board member Minerva Peña, TSC Trustees J.J. De Leon Jr., Delia Saenz, TSC President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, Garza, Hobbs, BISD Superintendent Rene Gutierrez, TSC Trustee Ruben Herrera, City of Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez and former TSC Trustee Kiko Rendon.

Associate Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Development Joseph Fleishman said the 25,056 square-foot buildout and the addition of new programs such as the welding, pipefitting, electrical, scaffolding and industrial insulation programs is the vision of the region’s industry, especially with the liquefied natural gas industry bringing thousands of jobs to the Port of Brownsville.

“The launch of the brand new training center here at TSC has everything you can imagine for training an industry-ready workforce,” said Fleishman. “We have something for everyone. We can offer opportunity for those looking for a new career or a second chance. We have the facility, faculty and industry connections needed to provide immediate job placement. At TSC we’re ready.” 

For more information about the programs offered by TSC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department, visit tsc.edu.

About Texas Southmost College

Originally established in 1926, Texas Southmost College currently offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree, along with career and technical education leading to certificates and associate degrees, college preparatory studies to prepare students for college-level work, workforce training, and continuing education. TSC offers 50 programs of study leading to an associate degree or certificate.

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