If there was one message Chancellor Cesar Maldonado had for the guests at the George R Brown Convention Center, it was this:
“It is no longer business as usual at HCC,” he proclaimed at the morning breakfast for the annual “State of the College” address.
“We are bringing workplace settings to the classroom so students can learn how to innovate and collaborate before they go out into the workforce,” he added.
Maldonado said that they’re sharpening that focus on the workforce. Not just any jobs though – new jobs.
“We’ve lost a lot of jobs to technology, so if we focus our efforts on increasing the technical competence of our workforce and exposing them to all the current and new technologies, I am confident that we will see a growth in employment in the manufacturing areas, with new jobs,” he said.
On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump pledged to rebuild the nation’s workforce. His administration may bring more attention to community colleges that educate and train all kinds of students.
At HCC, Maldonado hopes a new academy at the Port of Houston will help accomplish that. HCC wants an extra two million dollars from state lawmakers to start the port academy.
HCC is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Greater Houston, with more than 70,000 students.