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Vocational Training Options

Often the difference between a good job and the unemployment line is your exposure to vocational training which can come through career colleges and schools, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and others.  There are many options available.  Some provide funding assistance, and others are private institutions that require payment of tuition and fees.  They are available throughout our district and Texas, with some of the links, information, and contacts to national, state, and local resources and organizations listed below.


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Listing of Vocational Training Programs in Texas

Another career training option is a registered apprenticeship.   The Texas Workforce Commission's Apprenticeship Training Program is an effective job training system for skilled trade and journeyworkers. Apprenticeship training is designed to prepare individuals for occupations in skilled trades and crafts and combines structured on-the-job training — supervised by experienced journeyworkers — with related classroom instruction. All apprenticeship training programs must be registered through the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. Apprentices who successfully complete the prescribed number of training hours in a registered apprenticeship training program can become certified and skilled journeyworkers.  Here is a searchable database of the Registered Apprenticeship Sites (just click on Texas on the map, or use zipcode, and then narrow it to an occupation on the drop list).

Additionally, in Texas you can train at a Career College or School which are privately owned institutions offering classroom or on-line training in which students are taught the skills needed to perform a particular job. Those businesses considered career schools or colleges have to be licensed or granted an exemption to provide training in Texas/to Texans.  The Texas Workforce Commission lists these Career Schools with details about how to find the job demand areas, as well as how to search, compare, fund, enroll, etc.

Listed here is the State Training Inventory (STI) from the TWC which is a compilation of Texas education and workforce training providers, their programs, contact information, labor market information, enrollment and graduation data where available. Education and training providers can be public, private and proprietary institutions.  This portal can be searched by school name, location, field of study, or award level.

For those facing a recognized physical or mental disability that impairs your ability to work, here is the eligibility and process to qualify (physical or mental disability) for vocation rehabilitation/training services through the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).