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May 9, 2013 2:57 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com

Local Economic Job Growth Keeping Training Centers Busy

CORPUS CHRISTI - With the local economy expanding in terms of jobs training centers in the community are adjusting to the growth. More people are enrolling at training centers and trade schools to better prepare themselves for the new jobs that are available in the Coastal Bend.

Michael Sandroussi, Director of Education at the Craft Training Center said, "we don't take advantage of the growth. They come and see us, like, if their currently working, employers send their employees to train."

Sandroussi says, at the Training Center, they're seeing their highest numbers of students ever with nearly 265 adults in their night classes alone. "Some are working in, say, Whataburger or McDonalds or at the mall and then at night they're coming to train with us," Sandroussi said.

The newly available jobs are not only good pay, but the training is easy.

"Very simple," Sandroussi said. "If you want to go to work in the industry you've got to pass a drug test and you have to have your certifications."

With three semesters a year, the longest certification process takes just two years to complete; which is a big advantage for most people. Sandroussi says regardless of the numbers, they continue doing what they do best at the training center and that's get the students ready for the workforce ahead.

"Knowledge is power," Sandroussi said, "and when you know the craft then you become very powerful out in the field."

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