AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, a ribbon cut was held at Austin Community College to celebrate the new Tesla START manufacturing training facility on the school’s Riverside campus.
The program’s inaugural class began in August with new classes starting every four to six weeks. About sixty students are currently enrolled. The program equips students with “the skills necessary for a successful career” with Tesla’s automotive and manufacturing teams.
“Coming out of the military, I do a lot of practical work, so it was really a good step in the right direction to do something that I love to do.” said Jacquan Parker, a START student.
“It’s a $ 20 billion portion of our economy, as is. But the ability to have clean and advanced manufacturing in our city is essential. And crucial for our city, saving its soul, saving its people.” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said, touting the program as a solution to the city’s affordability crisis.
FOX 7 Austin requested information on the salaries of graduates of the START program from Adler, who directed the outlet to ACC and Tesla. FOX 7 Austin asked Tesla for the information, they did not respond. The ACC provided FOX 7 Austin with this statement:
“ACC cannot confirm the salaries of Tesla employees, but we can share information on regional jobs for similar positions. According to EMSI, manufacturing production technicians earn an average hourly wage of $ 31.86. This salary information is based on the analysis of traditional and real-time workforce data. market information (LMI) provided in conjunction with labor market analysis firm, Emsi, a Strada company. “
“Maybe the best way to manage affordability is to create the right kinds of jobs. It’s about creating jobs where people can grow for themselves,” Adler said.
“The costs of the Tesla Training Center at the ACC Riverside campus, including specialized training equipment, were fully covered by Tesla and state grants to ACC and Tesla from the Texas Workforce Commission. These grants have also covered the tuition fees of many of the Tesla students to date, ”said a spokesperson for the ACC.
Students are paid employees of Tesla as they complete the program. After graduation, they are eligible for full-time positions.
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