About the ITC

Message from Dr. Cavness

As a lifelong resident of the Texas Gulf Coast, I have always been surrounded by petrochemical plants, refineries, manufacturing, maritime and other industries.

I’m proud to say that I sat on the Superintendent Committee who wrote the notes for HB 5 (2105). With HB 5, we now have the opportunity to prepare students for a career in Industrial Trades, and that is exactly what we are doing.

The Texas City ISD Industrial Trades Center is a state of the art, one of a kind training center for our students. As current industry professionals near the end of their career we are providing students that are ready to enter the workforce and continue their training. We have a strong partnership with our business community and industry leaders in an attempt to provide our students with every opportunity to excel in their field.

Our goal is to be the biggest and best Industrial Trades Center not only in Texas, but throughout the United States. I encourage you to come visit our Industrial Trades Center, take a tour, see our students learning, and visit with Director Richard Chapa.

Rodney D. Cavness, Ed.D.
Texas City ISD

Collaborative Effort

“The TCISD Industrial Trades Center is the result of a forward looking collaborative effort to prepare local high school students with the craft skills needed to pursue careers with many local industrial sites and contractor companies.

We are blessed to live in an area with exciting job opportunities for craft workers with the right skill sets. The ITC will help its graduates start on the path to developing the skills needed to pursue these careers. The cooperation between TCISD, local businesses, trade unions and industry to develop the ITC has been outstanding. The ITC will greatly benefit our community.”

Rich Hernandez
Marathon GBR General Manager
ITC Advisory Council Chairman

Skilled Workers

“As the gatekeeper of safety training programs since 1987 for over 18,000 contract worker employees annually working in the Texas City petrochemical facilities, the Safety Council Texas City (SCTC) understands the importance of working with the owners, contractors and community to ensure workers go home safe and healthy every day.

SCTC believes that a skilled worker is a safe worker and has agreed to partner with TCISD, the community, owner facilities and their contractors to do our part in the success of the Industrial Trades Center. SCTC is committed to sponsor the curriculum materials for what is referred to as the “Core Curriculum: Introductory Craft Skills”.

R. Ronald Sokol, C.S.P.
Safety Council Texas City
President & CEO

The Texas City ISD Industrial Trades Center (TCISD ITC) is a program that supports students across Galveston County as well as the industry workforce. Texas City ISD already has partnerships with area business and industry leaders to train students for skilled labor jobs. Industry and community representatives have worked very closely with Texas City ISD leaders to outline the programs in need and the partnerships required to bring this program to fruition.

The Industrial Trades Center opened in January 2017 with approximately 200 TCISD students with a plan to expand to 400 high school students from across Galveston County in August 2017. The facility will be made available to industry and community colleges for training in the evenings and on weekends. All students and adults who receive training at the ITC will be a part of the random drug testing program. In addition to learning a skilled trade and earning industry certifications, TCISD ITC students will master workforce soft skills such as how to get along with others, communicate effectively, and make professional presentations. Students will also receive an introduction in effective employee management strategies to help prepare them to become successful supervisors in the future. Partnerships with local business, industry and community colleges will enable internships, articulation agreements, continuing education and dual credit. The TCISD ITC offers training in the following trades along with certifications as noted below:

    • Maritime (OSHA, NCCER)
    • Construction Trades (OSHA, NCCER)
    • Welding (OSHA, NCCER, AWS)
    • Pipefitting (OSHA, NCER)
    • Instrumentation and Electrical (OSHA, NCCER)
    • Machinist (NCCER)

All Students in the programs will have an opportunity to receive certifications on heavy equipment simulators including mobile crane, excavator, bull dozer, and fork lift.

Richard Chapa
Director of Career and Technology Education
rchapa@tcisd.org | 409-916-0024

Christina Hall-Payne
Director of Development & Community Relations
Executive Director, TCISD Foundation for the Future
cjhall@tcisd.org | 409-916-0108