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Brownsville: Texas A&M Breaks Ground of Advanced Manufacturing Training Center

Feature Photo: Gov. Greg Abbott joined leaders from the Rio Grande Valley and The Texas A&M University System for the ceremony. Image: Texas A&M Engineering.

Posted: 4-14-2024

Brownsville (Cameron County) — The Texas A&M University System held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 30,000-square-foot South Texas Workforce Development Project advanced manufacturing training facility near the Port of Brownsville. The center will offer programs provided by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

Given today’s evolving technology, an advanced manufacturing workforce is needed in the RGV to adapt to new tools, processes and methodologies. Classrooms and labs in the new facility will provide hands-on instruction and projects in advanced machinery, automation, digital technologies, communications skills, safety protocols, quality control, leadership and more, allowing residents to train and establish careers where they live.

“This new state-of-the-art facility here at the Port of Brownsville will train Texans to lead the workforce of tomorrow,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “Students here will be prepared for in-demand jobs and receive hands-on instruction on real-world projects that are often encountered by workers on the job. They will get the experience and training they need to excel in cutting-edge manufacturing jobs here in the Rio Grande Valley and throughout Texas.”

“The Texas A&M University System and our partners are here for the long haul to make sure this area becomes the most prosperous region in Texas,” Regent Mike Hernandez said.

The new $30 million facility, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2026, will be located at the Texas A&M Rio Grande Valley Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Hub (RAMI) near the Port of Brownsville. RAMI was created through financial support from the Texas State Legislature in 2021 to enhance skills in demand by the advanced manufacturing sector in the RGV. Administered by TEEX, the hub prepares RGV residents for technical workforce careers while stimulating the local economy.

“This project marks a major milestone in the commitment that Texas A&M System has made to the Rio Grande Valley,” John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, said. “The South Texas Workforce Development Project undoubtedly will make a difference for countless families in this part of the state.”

Since the program’s inception in 2022, more than 30 area companies have enrolled employees in training at the hub, and the program has awarded more than 15,700 certificates to participants, allowing those who live in the RGV to train and work there.

“As the leading economic engine and major job creator for the region, the Port of Brownsville understands the critical importance of developing a highly skilled workforce to sustain our existing industries and attract new ones,” said Brownsville Navigation District Chairman Esteban Guerra. “The advanced manufacturing training facility exemplifies our dedication to creating career opportunities and fostering innovation in manufacturing. We are proud to partner with The Texas A&M University System to empower our workforce for the future.”

Partners in the hub include Cameron County, the City of Brownsville, Texas Southmost College, Texas State Technical College and independent school districts in Brownsville, Edinburg, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Los Fresnos and Port Isabel.

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Edited from news release.