BC’s GED-included Jumpstart program to hold info session

BC’s GED-included Jumpstart program to hold info session

Mon Dec 7, 2015
Six students recently completed the Accelerate Texas GED-included Jumpstart program at Brazosport College. The program is a free, 16-week training for individuals who lack a high school diploma or GED. During the program, students are trained for the GED, as well as entry-level certifications in the pipefitting field. Members of BC’s first GED-included Jumpstart class are, pictured from left, Austin Caldwell, Levi Patton, Bryton LaFleur, Andrew Hinderliter, Guadalupe Santos and James Bergeren.

For many people, two of the biggest obstacles to gaining entry into specialized industrial jobs are lack of education and no affordable job training. For those facing this dilemma, Brazosport College has a potential solution.

Since BC began its free job-skills training Jumpstart program, more than 100 people with high school diplomas or GEDs have completed the nine-week training and earned entry-level certifications for specialized industrial jobs. Now, BC is offering the same opportunity for students without a GED or a high school diploma.

In response to the high demands for skilled workers, Brazosport College is now offering a free 16-week program for individuals who lack a high school diploma or GED. The program is funded by an Accelerate Texas grant and students will be trained for entry-level certifications in the pipefitting field.

“This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for qualifying adults who, for whatever reason, were unable to complete their high school education,” said Brazosport College Grant Project Manager Kay Brooks. “They will take GED classes that prepare them to take the GED test while, at the same time, take classes that give them pipefitting job skills that will allow them to apply for well-paying jobs after just 16 weeks. It’s all free. However, potential students must pass a qualifying test and must be willing to commit four days a week to the program.

To ensure potential students know their options, Brazosport College is offering two information sessions on Dec. 14 that not only outlines the Jumpstart and GED programs, but also allows time for questions and answers. The sessions are scheduled at noon and 6 p.m. in the Community Education Department Room B118 on the BC main campus.

This will be the second time BC has offered the Accelerate Texas program with GED-included Jumpstart courses. Six students recently graduated from the program during its inaugural semester and earned nine college credit hours, a Marketable Skills Award from Brazosport College, an NCCER Core Curriculum Certification and Blue Card, and an NCCER Level 1 Pipefitter Helper Certification. The NCCER certifications are portable and stackable.

The full-semester program will run this spring and will include two days of skills training and two days of GED prep classes each week with Fridays being an off day. After completing the program, graduates will have earned multiple industry-recognized certificates that are portable and stackable. Grant funding is available for eligible students. 

Candidates will need to provide specific documentation to counselors at the Lake Jackson Workforce Solutions office in order to determine eligibility. Applicants who are eligible to participate in Jumpstart will need to pay for and pass a hair-follicle drug test before being admitted into the program. The cost of the drug test is $100.

For more information about the Jumpstart program or the upcoming information sessions, contact relanda.rushing@brazosport.edu, ashley.bulanek@brazosport.edu or art.longoria@brazosport.edu.