City Leaders Discuss Education and Workforce Issues
Members of the Baytown business and education communities, along with Mayor DonCarlos and BJ Simon, Associate Director of the Baytown-West Chambers Economic Development Foundation, met with Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken on Tuesday morning, prior to his address to the Baytown Chamber of Commerce.
Topics of discussion included the role of the Workforce Commission in assisting local officials in increasing efforts to train local workers for the thousands of technical and trade jobs expected to be created in the area with the announcement of several high profile industry expansions and changes in the public education system that would assist students choosing a career in technical or vocational trades.
After the meeting, Mayor DonCarlos stated “Although this is an era of unprecedented growth for our area, it is gratifying to see that State officials are aware of the strain being created on our local pool of skilled craftsmen by the coming development projects. I am hopeful that this coalition of public and private interests will help create a bright future for all students and young adults who are interested in the good paying jobs available in the trades. This development can and will usher in a new period of prosperity for our community and our residents. We just have to be prepared for it,” DonCarlos added.