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Earning a high-paying job doesn’t mean you need a four-year degree

Tue Oct 12, 2021
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Highly sought-after by the construction industry, the electrical trades are listed on the Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend’s Target Occupations List with nearly 1,440 jobs needing to be filled. In fact, Projections Central shows a projected growth rate of 14% in the electrical trades in Texas over the next eight years. The median salary in this field is about $50,300.

In general, electrical trades programs follow a structured apprenticeship program and licensing process. The College’s new Electrician Program aligns with this process and currently offers that first step to get your foot in the door with the Electrical Helper Occupational Skills Award (OSA), which began this fall and has courses students can start taking during the next fall 8-week session.

The OSA curriculum encompasses 13 total credit hours, including the following courses: CNBT 1110 Basic Construction Safety (completes OSHA 30), CNBT 1300 Residential & Light Commercial Blueprint Reading, ELPT 1321 Introduction to Electrical Safety and Tools (completes NCCER Core Curriculum), ELPT 1311 Basic Electrical Theory and ELPT 1325 National Electrical Code I.