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History

The Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend (CTCCB) began as a trust of the Associated Builders and Contractors Texas Coastal Bend Chapter in 1987, and the organization was titled ABC Merit Shop Training Program, Inc. The CTCCB was designated a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization by the Internal Revenue Service on January 19,1989. On May 6,1994, the Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend was accredited as a training center by the NCCER.

The CTCCB is also the administrator for the Associated Builders and Contractors Electrical and Plumbing Registered Apprenticeship programs, registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. All instructional delivery and documentation of training occurs through the Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend. Students must complete 4 years of classroom instruction (164 hours per year) and 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning. At the completion of these requirements, the apprentices are eligible to sit for the Texas Licensure Examination for Journeyman in the respective craft.

One major funding source is man-hour contributions from local industry partners: Flint Hills Resources, Valero Refining Co., CITGO Refining & Chemicals Co. LP, LyondellBasell, REPCON, Inc., Brand and Chemours. Contributions from these industrial partners enable the CTCCB to keep tuition and fees low to provide its students a quality education at an affordable cost. CTCCB’s ultimate goal is to provide students a chance to learn a craft and become a member of a skilled workforce.