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Houston Community College Kicks off Jobs Campaign

While the nation’s struggling economy hasn’t hurt Houston as much as other cities, there are still tens of thousands of people here looking for work. Economists expect another fifty thousand job losses in Houston the next two years. That’s one of the reasons Houston Community College is kicking off a jobs training campaign. Bill Stamps has more.


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As more people lose their jobs and others think about ways to get better paying jobs, Houston Community College wants to be the first place they think of for help. Chancellor Mary Spangler says they’ve even got a slogan. Out mantra will be: a great job is only an education away.

HCC is kicking off an awareness campaign that will last throughout the summer. The Partners for Jobs campaign will get the word out to people that there is affordable training available that can lead to job opportunities. Mayor Bill White spoke at the campaign kickoff and talked about the need for people to improve their skills.

“In some job categories — particularly if you don’t have a skill — it’s going to be harder finding a job in the next 24 months, as it was in the last 24 months. There is a way to improve your odds — a good education means a good job.”

HCC officials and the groups they’re partnering with all say the community college is a great way to gain those skills the mayor spoke of. Peter Linden is with one of those groups — the Greater Houston Partnership.

“HCC trains those first time workers as well as older workers who are seeking to retool, to retrain and get ready for the marketplace. From the Partnership’s perspective, we can’t think of better resources than that being utilized in this HCC partnership for jobs.”

HCC officials say the campaign is necessary because laid off workers may not necessarily think about the community college as a way to get back to work. Chancellor Mary Spangler.

“We believe we must continue to be the educational driver for our economic stability and recovery and are committed to providing those opportunities.”

You can find out more about those opportunities by going to HCC Partners for Jobs-dot-Org.

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.



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