FREE Training Opportunities


Lone Star College System partners with Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions to provide free training opportunities in various programs for workers facing financial hardships.

Welding

Welding is a critical field in growing industries in the Gulf Coast, and welders are in constant demand. Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components. Workers with steady arms, near vision, good coordination, manual dexterity and comfort in an external or non-air-conditioned setting are good for this kind of job.

Within the past year, 1,195 openings have been posted for welders in the Houston MSA, and demand is constant for welders. In the Houston MSA, the average entry level wage for welders is $13.85, and the average wage is $19.46.*

Ironworking

Ironworking is a critical field for the growth of the Gulf Coast, and ironworkers are in strong demand. Ironworkers (or structural steel workers) raise, place and unite iron or steel girders, columns and other structural pieces to form structural frames. Workers with steady arms, good coordination, strength, manual dexterity and comfort in an external setting are good for this kind of job.

Within the past year, 66 openings have been posted for ironworkers in the Houston MSA, and these skills fit several other high-demand jobs. In the Houston area, the average entry level wage for ironworkers is $12.61, and the average wage is $18.98.*

Veteran Programs

Welding Technician

Lone Star College – North Harris has a great opportunity for veterans seeking to become a welding technician. In just a little over six weeks, you’ll earn the skills needed to work and be competitive in a rewarding career. This program is grant-funded and covers the tuition, fees, textbooks, and supplies for eligible veterans only. The grant is offered for Veterans at the Lone Star College – North Harris campus only.

For more information on the Welding Technician program and eligibility, call Donna Daughdrill at 281-260-3157 or email donna.s.daughdrill@lonestar.edu.

Truck Driving

Have you thought about a career in Truck Driving? If so, Lone Star College-North Harris Transportation Institute is looking for you. Right now, we are enrolling veterans into the Truck Driving program and students finish in just six weeks. Take advantage of this grant-funded opportunity today. Grant covers tuition and fees for eligible veterans only. The grant is offered at the Lone Star College – North Harris Transportation Institute campus only.

For more information on the program and eligibility, call 281-765-7750 or email Lorie.W.Qualls@lonestar.edu.

Flexible Class Start Dates

Red Door

Start dates for Ironworking: April 4, 2015; May 18, 2015

Start dates for Welding: June 18, 2015

Start dates for Veteran Programs: April 6, 2015; May 13, 2015; June 29, 2015

Eligibility

If you are eligible for TANF, SNAP, Unemployment, or if you make less than $37,000 yearly and have a child under 18, you may be eligible. Eligibility for this free training program depends on determination by Workforce Solutions based on financial hardship. Please complete the form to the right to get started on a new career.

Get Started on a new career today!

  • Finish in under 2 months
  • Tuition & supplies paid
  • Space is limited