Workers Training Program

The Worker Training Program (WTP) under the direction of Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Dean at Texas Southern University is collaborating with Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) to train residents in the Houston metropolitan area in construction and environmental training. The WTP is funded through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)  Worker Training Program. The program has been housed at the Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University since 2012.  The WTP recruits unemployed/underemployed women and men from the Houston metropolitan area to attend a twelve weeks training program at Texas Southern University for career opportunities in the environmental or construction field. During the past four years, the program has trained 106 women and men. The program has a 92% job placement rate. 

The program has two components, a basic training phase and technical training phase. The basic phase consists of six weeks of Basic Computer Skills Training, Physical Fitness, Life Skills and Job Readiness Training, Individual/Group Counseling, Basic Math Training, Study Skills, and Introduction to Hazardous Waste. The technical phase is a six weeks training program which consists of Asbestos/Lead Worker (Initial), Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, OSHA -10 Safety Training, Basic Construction and Weatherization Training, and Houston Basic Safety Plus. The classes begin in January of each year and are held Monday through Friday, from 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are also two to three classes required on Saturday during the twelve weeks training cycle.

Eligibility Requirements Prior to Acceptance into the Program

  • Must reside in the Houston area
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be un/underemployed
  • Must be drug free
  • Must read on 8th grade level
  • Candidates can come from any ethnic group
  • Candidates may be male or female

 Staff, previous graduates, and counselors serve as role models and mentors to the students. The staff has worked closely with local employers to establish a strong employment assistance process. 

 Graduation and Placement Rates for Worker Training Program

The  graphic below shows data reported by Clark Atlanta University and Texas Southern University from 2010 – 2013. In 2014, there were 29 students admitted to the program/29 graduated. There were 27 students placed out of the 29. Placement rate was 93%. In 2015, 27 students were enrolled in the program/26 graduated. 24 students out of the 26 students were placed in a job. Placement percentage was 92%.