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TSC launches scaffold-building program

July 29, 2018 GMT

Texas Southmost College has launched a fast-track certification program for industrial scaffold builders that officials hope is a first step in the Rio Grande Valley’s transformation into a higher-wage economy.

Students who successfully complete the two-week, 80-hour Industrial Scaffolding Committee Basis Access Program will learn the skills and earn the industry credential necessary to enter the workforce at an average salary of $15 per hour, said Joseph H. Fleishman, TSC associate vice president of Instruction and Workforce Development.

Fleishman said there is a high and constant demand for scaffold builders in Texas and along the U.S. Gulf coast. He said the work is difficult and can be dangerous but pays well.

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Certified entry level Basic Access Industrial Scaffold Builders earn on average $31,000 annually, according to information about the program on the TSC website. Students wishing to enroll in the program must pass a 12-panel drug screen.

The program costs $695, but TSC has discounted the cost for the initial class to $595, Fleishman said. Slots are still open. The classes will be from 10 to 16 students, and the goal is to offer the class every two weeks.

glong@brownsvilleherald.com

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