By Tony Cantu, Patch
Austin Community College has scheduled its 9th annual Applied Tech Open House this Friday, designed to enable prospective students to learn about high-skilled careers and training opportunities in the field.
The open house is scheduled on Friday, April 12, at the college system’s Round Rock campus, Building 5000, 4400 College Park Dr. Prospective students and their families are invited to attend, ACC officials said.
“The community depends on well-trained professional technicians for their homes, cars, and offices. People will always need their cars repaired and their HVAC systems maintained,” said Brandon Whatley, ACC Design, Manufacturing, Construction & Applied Technologies dean. “This is a good opportunity for anyone interested in a career in skilled trades to get an inside look at the jobs in our community and the training we provide.”
Visitors will be able to tour the college’s state-of-the-art facilities, view live demonstrations, test their skills on advanced technologies, and network with major industry companies in Austin.
“The Austin Chamber partners with organizations like Austin Community College to help Austin-ites receive the education and training they need so they can start or advance their careers and earn more money,” said Drew Scheberle, Austin Chamber of Commerce senior vice president of education. “The open house is a great way to experience the amazing range of reasonably priced options at ACC for training.”
Careers in skilled professions are among the fastest-growing in the region, ACC officials noted, citing local market data highlighting the more than 3,3300 people currently employed in construction management. This number is expected to rise more than eight percent over the next four years, officials noted. Moreover, employment in Computer Aided Design drafters and designers is projected to increase approximately nine percent and employment in welding is expected to rise nearly 10 percent on average.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended, but not required.
For more information or to register, visit austincc.edu/appliedtech.