A group of Del Valle ISD students has taken its first steps in Tesla's new manufacturing development program. The new program of the manufacturer welcomed students at Giga Texas.
On Saturday, May 21, Del Valle ISD students signed letters of intent to join the Tesla training program. The program will train students for future jobs at Tesla at Austin Community College. The event, also attended by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, was held at Giga Texas, creating a themed atmosphere for students. The Mayor congratulated the 65 students who have now become part of Tesla.
In 2020, Austin Community College (ACC) set up a campus next to the Tesla factory to prepare people for work. The college offers an eight-week course in manufacturing production and is prepping a manufacturing incubator to fuel job growth. The manufacturer is partnering with the college as well as the Del Valle Independent School District to provide students with internship opportunities at the factory. Last year, 46 ACC students signed a contract with Tesla.
“You will see the opportunity for different programs that maybe we couldn't afford in that area before. It's just going to be, I think, an incredible opportunity to build,” said Commissioner Jeff Travillion.
Tesla has committed to creating at least 5,000 jobs, although Elon Musk has a much higher number in mind. Under the plan, 3,000 jobs will be semi-skilled jobs that do not require higher education. That's why local school districts are considered the big winners in this deal.
“It brings a lot of opportunities for students,” said Del Valle ISD communications director, Christopher Weddle.
This fall, Del Valle ISD will also launch a new career track. Students who complete the program not only receive a high school diploma but also receive an associate's degree from the college. Commissioner Travillion anticipates even more opportunities to come.
“We want to see partnerships and things like afterschool programs. We want our kids to be able to use their schools as community centers to stay there every day from three to seven, to do their homework there, to get a third meal there, to be a part of the community and to grow and the folks that will be working on the next generation of technology. identify the things that we need on both sides of the ledger and work together as partners.”
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