"Doc" Anderson Adds Support to the Proposed Construction Academy

"DOC" ANDERSON ADDS SUPPORT TO THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY
Posted on 08/08/2016
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(Pictured Donna McKethan (WISD CTE Director), K. Paul Holt (President/CEO of the Central Texas Chapter AGC), Charles "Doc" Anderson (Texas State Representative House District 56), Scott Bland (President of the Heart of Texas Builders Association) and Terry Stevens (Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee).

Waco area construction leaders met with Charles “Doc” Anderson to discuss the challenges facing their industry.  The group provided information about the shortage of master plumbers, electricians, drafters, and engineers.  The construction industry community believes that school and community leaders as well as parents should encourage students to explore these growing career areas.
 
As reported in the 2014-15 Heart of Texas Targeted Occupations Guide, the need for skilled construction workers will continue to increase. 

Opportunities and Wages for plumbers in Texas and in the Heart of Texas are expected to increase by an average of 19%.  The average annual salary for plumbers in the Heart of Texas is $51,480.  

Opportunities and Wages for electrician in Texas and in the Heart of Texas are expected to increase by an average of 15.9%.  The average annual salary for electricians in the Heart of Texas is $37.315  

Opportunities and Wages for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics in Texas and in the Heart of Texas are expected to increase by an average of 25.70 %.  The average annual salary for  Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics in the Heart of Texas is $35,693.  

Opportunities and Wages for Construction Area General Maintenance and Repair Workers in Texas and in the Heart of Texas are expected to increase by an average of 11.8%.  The average annual salary for Construction Area General Maintenance and Repair Workers in the Heart of Texas is $27,394.
 
Opportunities and Wages for Construction Equipment Operators in Texas and in the Heart of Texas are expected to increase by an average of 11.7%.  The average annual salary for Construction Equipment Operators in the Heart of Texas is $35,547. 

The conversation concluded with the proposed addition of a Construction Science Academy to be added to GWAMA.

This addition would provide exploration and training for area high school students who are interested construction related careers.  

Charles “Doc” Anderson is in full support of the addition of the academy.  In a letter prepared to be presented to the WISD School Board, Doc stated,

“Over the course of the last 10 years, the construction industry has evolved into a much more dynamic and technical field with multiple pathways to rewarding careers. That evolution necessitates a more educated and skilled workforce that is severely lacking in the Greater Waco area at this time.
It is my belief that the inclusion of Construction Services into the already successful and growing program at GWAMA will provide needed pathways to success for our young people and a vibrant, capable workforce that will grow our community into the future.”