Milam County leaders aim to build vocational training center
CAMERON, TX – Milam County administrators seek to establish a vocational training center in the area, which would educate, empower and certify the local population; and potentially attract a new industry to the region.
Milam County Judge Steve Young formally submitted a grant application this afternoon to the federal government’s Economic Development Administration. [EDA]. The grant, known as the Build Back Better Regional Challenge, would potentially allocate millions of dollars to establish a regional training center.
âThis is a huge opportunity for the county,â said Young. âWe are delighted with this. We have partnered with Temple College, Texas Workforce Solutions, and the Central Texas Council of Governments. “
The center would provide vocational training and certification opportunities for those who wish to learn a trade without following the college route. Cameron ISD Superintendent Kevin Sprinkles said his district is working to provide vocational certification routes for high school students wishing to enter the workforce soon after graduating. Although the district has several CTE courses, it cannot facilitate all kinds of trades.
âSomething like this regional training center could potentially fill that gap,â Sprinkles said. âIt could be those types of technical training that we can’t do in high school. “
The regional Build Back Better challenge has $ 1 billion to allocate, including up to $ 100 million to be given to “coal communities like Milam County”.
“We lost ALCOA, who had come here for a lot of coal,” said Judge Young. âWe lost this business 15 years ago, and we’re clearly struggling with coal. The good news is, there is money in there.
Young is hopeful about the county’s request as it moves forward for consideration.
âThere is now a huge demand for non-university graduates to fill the positions,â he said. “… It would be a huge opportunity for us to have a training center in Milam County, which would serve not only us but all the surrounding counties.”