Austin Neighborhood School helps college students put together for work at Tesla

AUSTIN (KXAN) – What does it take to get a job at Tesla? The Austin Community College is offering interested Austinites the opportunity to find this answer this week.

An ACC spokesperson said they have seen so much interest in their new Tesla training program that they are hosting two related job fairs this week.

The Manufacturing Careers Expo showcases Samsung, Applied Materials and Tesla and takes place on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Wednesday ACC spokeswoman Sydney Pruitt told KXAN that they had already received hundreds of RSVPs for Thursday’s event.

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Last month, the Austin Community College District and Tesla announced their Tesla START Manufacturing program at ACC. Officials said the apprenticeship program is the first of its kind in the country and will provide an apprenticeship pipeline for careers at Tesla.

The 14-week START program begins with the opening cohort in August, and a new cohort is expected each month.

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According to the ACC, there are more than 1,600 manufacturing companies with 65,000 jobs in central Texas alone.

The college cites a study by the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank that suggests manufacturing executives in Texas are struggling to fill vacancies. According to the bank’s nationwide survey, around 80% plan to raise wages to attract and retain more production workers.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates from Tahera Rahman at KXAN.

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