The Associated Builders and Contractors Merit Shop Training Program, Inc., DBA Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend (CTCCB) strives to meet the shared manpower needs of the Community, Business, and Industry by providing an education in the crafts for the construction industry. The goal of the CTCCB is to develop craft professionals who are drug free, experienced and capable to work under the highest professional standards.
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., a 509 (a)(2) corporation. 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 Construction Education Foundation, the educational affiliate of Associated Builders and Contractors.
In November 1995, the Construction Education Foundation changed its name to the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), affiliated with the University of Florida, and the Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend was then accredited as an NCCER training and assessment center. Today, the Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend offers training in welding, pipefitting, instrument fitting, instrument tech, industrial painting, scaffold-building, mobile crane operations, and field safety/safety technology. The center also provides industry assessments in all craft areas. CTCCB is also an NCCER-Accredited Crane Performance Center and Rigger/Signalperson Performance Center.
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 training. At the completion of these requirements, the apprentices are eligible to sit for the Texas Licensure Examination for Journeyman in the respective craft.
The CTCCB is funded by man-hour contributions from local industry partners: Flint Hills Resources, Valero Refining Co., CITGO Refining & Chemicals Co. LP, LyondellBasell, REPCON, Inc., Brand and DuPont Corpus Christi. Contributions from these industrial partners enable the CTCCB to keep tuition and fees low to providing 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.
The Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend is situated on a 30 acre campus located at 7433 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78409. The CTCCB originally consisted of a 34,000 square foot state-of-the-art Training Center which included a 68-booth welding lab; labs for electrical, instrumentation, and pipefitting; a 25-station assessment computer lab, multiple classrooms, and administrative offices. In addition to the interior areas, the facility featured 20 foot wide covered outside instructional areas on each side of the building that provide additional training area. Also included in the complex was a 7,000 square foot Annex building that housed two additional classrooms and a large open industrial training area.
Recently the CTCCB celebrated the expansion of a state-of-the-art facility. Now over 70,000 square feet, the CTCCB doubled its capacity by adding a new welding lab with four new classroom and additional 30 welding stations. An additional stand-alone building was also constructed and houses several classrooms, labs and a large orientation room that can sit up to 200 students at one time. This new facility also has covered outside instructional areas on each side of the complex.
Board of Directors
Randy Wilson - Chairman
DuPont Corpus Christi
Bob Parker- Vice-Chairman
David Carlin - Secretary/Treasurer
Kyle Budd Jr. - Member
Ed De La Cruz - Member
Joseph Dupont - Member
Rodney Dillon - Member
Flint Hills Resources
John Davidson - Member
Bob Cuvelier - Member
Rabalais I&E Constructor
Johnny Arevalos - Member