A group of 65 students from the Del Valle Independent School District (ISD) have signed up for Tesla’s new Manufacturing Development Program, KXAN reports. On Saturday, the group signed letters of intent to join the program that will train students for future jobs at Tesla at Austin Community College. Austin’s Mayor Adler shared the good news on Twitter along with his congratulations. He also attended the ceremony.
Congratulations to these @DelValleISD students who will continue their education @accdistrict and train for jobs @Tesla! 65 students have signed up for the program and there’s a few spaces left. pic.twitter.com/Hv5YBoOUBc
— Mayor Adler (@MayorAdler) May 21, 2022
In 2021, Austin Community College (ACC) and Tesla announced the launch of the unique Tesla START Manufacturing Program. Students in the program take a 14-week intensive training program that gives them hands-on learning experience for a future career in manufacturing at Tesla. As I wrote back in 2021, “Through a combination of in-class theory, hands-on labs, and the flexibility of self-paced study, students can gain technical knowledge while earning certifications along with detailed knowledge about Tesla and its products and services. This will help students prepare for a career at Tesla.”
Students will study at the new training facility at ACC’s Riverside Campus. In November 2021, Tesla, ACC, and Mayor Adler held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility. During the ceremony, Mayor Adler said, “It’s creating those jobs where people can ladder up for themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods, their community, and that’s what ACC is all about.”
ACC chancellor Richard Rhodes also spoke about Tesla’s strong belief in collaboration and the school’s excitement at working with Tesla.
“Tesla believes strongly in collaboration. When business and education come together, we build connections that make college affordable and link students directly with employers so they can go straight into a promising career. ACC is excited to work with Tesla to develop cutting-edge training programs that prepare students for one of the region’s fastest-growing industries.”
Some of the skills that the students will learn from the program include robotics as well as control systems to design, build, and maintain advanced machines. Financial support is also available for students who need it.
While participating in the program, the 65 students will be considered paid employees at Tesla, and upon completion, they are eligible for a full-time position at Tesla. Mayor Adler noted that there were still a few spots left for students wanting to participate in the program. You can learn more about the program here.