Minority Worker's Training Program Comes to TSU

Texas Southern University has joined with Dillard University to train Houston area residents in construction and environmental training. Under the direction of Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, the program was launched in April, 2012. The program recruited/interviewed more than ninety possible trainees who were interested in receiving hazardous material handling training. Thirty-one trainees were selected to begin the process, at no cost to the individual.

The ten week training ended July 9. During the first five weeks, students received instruction in Computer, Study and Life Skills, Math, General Hazardous Material Informational, Job Readiness, and Individual/Group Counseling. The final five weeks were spent in technical/field course leaning about basic construction, weatherization, asbestos abatement, lead abatement, and hazardous waste clean-up. Upon successful completion of the course and certification, the program will assist individuals in finding a job in this field.

This training opportunity was offered to individuals, male and female, age ranging from 18-years-old and above, an unemployed or low income economic status. All had to commit to the entire 10-week training program.

“It was exciting to get to know the students,” said Don Higginbottom, program manager. It has also been a challenge for students making the adjustment to an early class schedule, especially for those who have been out of school for quite some time; however, the benefits of a future career are well worth the challenges that trainees face.”

The program staff consists of a program manager, program coordinator, and fifteen contractors.

The next session will begin in Spring 2013. Interested individuals can contact the Program Manager, Don Higginbottom or Program Coordinator, Paulette Lynch at 713-313-7348.