Greater San Antonio Builders Association: Top 4 reasons to pursue a career in construction

(October 15, 2017) -- At a time when countless college graduates are finding themselves underemployed and saddled with crushing student debt, it’s important to know that earning a college degree is not the only road to success. A vocational education is equally rewarding and can be obtained at a fraction of the cost.

HBI, a national leader in career training and NAHB’s workforce development arm, offers educational programs in 44 states and the District of Columbia, reaching more than 13,000 students each year. The students who graduate from the program enjoy an 80 percent job placement rate.

In San Antonio, St. Philip’s College hosts one-year certificate and two-year associate’s programs in construction technology and the skilled trades to include plumbing, electrical, heating/air conditioning and general construction. The students served by St. Philip’s College span age, gender and economic backgrounds. As the average age of skilled tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians reaches 60, there has never been more of a demand for the type of students that St. Philip’s College produces.

In 2017, our Association has launched a relationship with UTSA’s Construction Science Management Department. These students leave UTSA with a four-year degree highly trained in materials testing, structural design, blueprints and the latest in industry-specific software. UTSA Construction Science Management students currently enjoy a 98% placement rate upon graduation.

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