Providing the Education and Skills Training Necessary to Meet the Demands of Available Jobs in the Coastal Bend

The initial membership of our Education Workforce Task Force, established in 2012 and focused on education and skills training to meet business and industry demands in the Coastal Bend area, includes prominent figures like Carol Scott, president of the Corpus Christi ISD Board of Trustees and co-owner, president of Kailo Communications Studio; Mike Briones, interim executive director of the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Arturo Almendarez; Dr. Julie Carbajal; Dr. Jeff Cass; Dr. Paul Clore; Dr. Janet Cunningham; Claudia Jackson DeFries; Dr. Sharon Doughty; Dr. Scott Elliff; Dr. Mark Escamilla; Teresa Flores; Dr. Dolores Guerrero; Dr. Joan Holt; Dr. Flavius Killebrew; Sharon Kollaja; Debbie Lenz; Dr. Anne Matula; Troy Merchavich; Roland Mower; Georgia Neblett; Bob Parker; Richard Pittman; Dr. Mary Sherwood; Hilda Simpson; Dr. Steve Tallant; Ken Trevino; and Steve Woener. The Education Workforce Task Force membership will continue to include area educators and community and business leaders.

With the prospect of thousands of primary jobs in construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and others sectors, the Task Force believes that the overall goal is to make sure that young graduates and adult workers in the Coastal bend have the education, training and skills needed to succeed.

The Task Force accomplishes this by identifying and removing obstacles to all facets of secondary and post-secondary education and training to ensure that the maximum number of Coastal Bend residents are qualified and ready for these jobs within the next 10 years.

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