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The National Association of Home Builders reported last
year that in 2012, 21% of builders reported either "some
or a serious shortage" of qualified workers. That number
increased to 46% in 2014 and to 56% in 2016.
Tec Centro is home to a modern training center for those
studying the construction trade. Participants can learn
carpentry, welding, forklift operation and other skills that
help to make them employable, training qualified workers
in areas where they are needed most.
Once a student has completed training at Tec Centro, he
or she may attend classes at Thaddeus Stevens College
of Technology, Harrisburg Area Community College or
another partner institution to further skills and training.
"We try as much as we're able to accommodate the needs
of employers by adding to the programs we already
have in place," Barbosa said. "The construction trade is
one of the biggest areas in which we're asked to provide
Tec Centro works with key partners including the
Lancaster Workforce Investment Board (WIB), UPMC
Health, Comcast, Dart Container Corp., Arconic, Wells
Fargo Regional Foundation and the Lancaster County
Its role within that network is to serve as a workforce
support resource that supplies qualified workers to the
community, while assuring that under-served populations
have access to jobs that enable them to support
themselves and their families.
Once a student has completed training, Tec Centro helps
students resolve transportation, child care issues and any
other factors that could create barriers to success.
"That's what sets Tec Centro apart," Barbosa said.
"We want our students to succeed, and we help them
address any problems that come up. Sometimes it's
something very simple to be fixed, but they can't resolve
it on their own."
IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT HARD SKILLS
To be an effective employee, it requires having soft
skills, such as team skills, work ethic, interpersonal
communications, reliability and problem solving abilities.
In addition to job training classes, community members
can find help writing a resume, filling out a job application
or taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, or
work toward a high school equivalency degree by taking
General Education Development (GED) classes.