Workforce Development Committee Helps Launch First Heavy Equipment Operator Program

Written by  Kristen Smith

The Workforce Development Committee was created in 2017 to research, assist, and/or create new means of attracting new operators into the industry. In three years, the committee, chaired by Seth Schulgen, met with several entities, including the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, the Texas Workforce Commission, state legislators, and numerous colleges. Their traveling took them all the way from Paris (TX) to Phoenix and many spots in between.

Among the many colleges interested in a partnership, Tarrant County College was a clear leader. Amidst the pandemic, the TCC administration secured land, instructors, curriculum, equipment, and students. They reached out to AGC requesting scholarships for the first full cohort of the program. The committee unanimously approved the amount, with the expectation of continuing and expanding support.

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The TCC Foundation, the entity responsible for the acceptance and distribution of scholarships, sent members a thank you letter:

Thank you, so much, for your contribution to students. Our assistance makes an impact in the lives of our students for generations to come. It’s because of caring hearts like yours that the lives of our students and community are transformed. Never doubt the Power of One! This scholarship truly reduces their barriers to access, attainment and transforms this community one student at a time.

On behalf of the entire TCC family, thank you for the difference you are making in the lives of our students, our TCC community and for all that you do for TCC—you are truly appreciated…Together, we are making a difference!

The first cohort launched the program in November 2020, with a second cohort to begin in February of 2021. If you would like more information about the program, contact Kristen Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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