HARLINGEN, Texas – In Texas, nearly 1.3 million people are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that number continues to rise.
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) announced the beginning of the Rapid Industry Skills and Employability (RISE) program. The college said it allows students to quickly learn skills needed to help them toward a new occupation.
These short-term courses provide quick and basic entry-level skills that can open up opportunities for those unemployed and looking to get back into the workforce.
The courses are designed to feed into the regular certificates or degrees that TSTC offers if a student wants to pursue additional skills in the field. These courses provide graduates with the ability to apply for positions in their new fields, confident that they have the knowledge to start in a new job.
The idea of shortening the time to gain needed skills to enter the workforce has been in the works, but the current economic crisis demanded the programs begin as soon as possible.
TSTC said students registered in the RISE program will begin this fall. Registration will be on a continuing basis. Tuition for these programs was also an important factor when they were being created.
With a quicker curriculum, TSTC is hoping to provide stability for those seeking a rapid entry into the Texas workforce, said the school.
To learn more about TSTC’s RISE program, click here.