Explore jobs at COM’s hands-on, high-tech camp

Posted on: June 28, 2012

A COM student operates the virtual welder.

This summer high school students can learn practical, technical skills from wiring a circuit to installing a ceiling fan at College of the Mainland’s Industrial Craft Career Exploration. In this free, eight-day camp students can discover and try out seven industrial crafts including electrical, mechanical, welding, pipefitting, safety, PTEC and HVAC. They will get high tech as they practice operating a virtual welder to see their work in a simulated environment. Industry professionals will teach students about these careers and what they need to succeed in them.
“The camp will help students figure out what they want to do early in life,” said Earl Alexander, COM community mentor/recruiter who is coordinating the camp. “It gives a hands-on look at what skills crafts jobs really are and why they are in demand. These jobs may give students options they never thought they had.”
Those job opportunities may be closer to home than students think. “There’s a need for skilled workers in craft,” said Ken Rose, BP supervisor of Maintenance and Apprentice Training in Texas City. “We have a ton of craftsmen here going to retire, so we’ll need to replace them.”
Discovery is the first step to job opportunity. “A lot of students don’t know about different fields,” Rose said. After the expo students will not only know about the industrial craft fields but will have experienced them firsthand.
The expo will be held at COM July 23 to August 2. For more information, call Earl Alexander at 409-933-8147, Patty England at 409-933-8406 or Continuing Education at 409-933-8586.


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