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 the administrator for the Associated Builders and Contractors Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeship programs, which are 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.
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 Chemours(Previously DuPont Corpus Christi.) 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 in Corpus Christi, TX. The CTCCB campus originally consisted of a single 34,000 square foot state-of-the-art Training Center which housed a 68-booth welding lab; electrical, instrumentation and pipefitting labs, a 25-station assessment CBT 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 areas. 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.
In 2013 the CTCCB celebrated the expansion and remodel of its state-of-the-art facility by adding two new buildings to allow for a much larger student enrollment, we also completely remoded the second floor of the original building to accommodate a growing administrative staff. One of the new buildings contains a welding lab with 30 welding booths and four classrooms. The second new building houses several classrooms, electrical and instrumentation labs and a large banquet room. The new buildings also feature 20 foot wide covered outside instructional areas on each side of the building that provide additional training areas. The CTCCB facility now consists of over 72,000 square feet, doubling the capacity of the original facility.
2015 Board of Directors
Randy Wilson - Chairman
Chemours (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