Commissioner Ellis, County Judge Hidalgo, Labor Leaders to Announce Commissioners Court Will Vote on Apprenticeship Advantage Program

Style Magazine Newswire | 2/20/2023, 4:15 p.m.
Partnership between county and labor-managed apprenticeship programs will train workers and create career pipelines that connect people to in-demand jobs …
Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, County Judge Lina Hidalgo, and labor leaders will outline a proposed labor-managed apprenticeship program that Commissioners Court is expected to vote on later Tuesday. The proposed $9.1 million investment, funded by American Rescue Plan Act, will create a partnership with Harris County and Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation. This historic program, believed to the first of its kind for a Texas county, will train over 1,500 people through labor apprenticeships in the construction, public transportation, and live entertainment industries. Building on previous efforts spearheaded by Commissioner Ellis, this program exemplifies Harris County’s commitment to increasing economic opportunity for all. It will be a win for Harris County, working families, and a thriving economic future.

The event will happen on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m. at Plumbers Local Union Hall #68, 502 Link Rd., Houston, Texas 77249-8746. Those scheduled to be there are Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis; Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo; Hany Khalil, Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation; Paul Puente, Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council; Candyce Castillo, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee of Pipe Fitters Local Union 211; Horace Marves, Transport Workers Union Local 260; Sanjay Ramabhadran, METRO Board Chair; and Mark Grady, IATSE Local 51.