National Apprenticeship Week – A Conversation With Houston Gulf Coast Construction and Building Trades Council Executive Secretary Paul Puente

Texas grows rapidly with Houston poised to overtake Chicago as the third largest city in the U-S. The importance of a college education is often endlessly stressed as the foundational component of a secure livelihood. Many however pursue successful careers without a traditional four-year degree in apprenticeship programs designed to train them how to build the kind of structures needed to absorb rapid population growth. November the 1st marked the beginning of National Apprentice Week, and the Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents careers in construction, partnered with Pasadena ISD school counselors to help spread the word about different career opportunities for Houston’s youths. Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Paul Puente joined the Voices At Work crew live in the studio to talk about how people can find rewarding careers without a traditional four-year college degree and the mountains of debt which frequently accompany them.