LOS FRESNOS, Texas – Los Fresnos city leaders say they are preparing for thousands of new jobs at the Port of Brownsville.

The leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 4, for the new Industrial Trades Center. Port of Brownsville Chairman John Reed was in attendance.

Rita Hernandez

Previously, the center was an old fire station. However, with a $44,000 “High Demand Occupation” grant from Texas Workforce Commission, coupled with matching local funds, the center has been converted to an education building and fitted with industrial equipment.

In the day, the Industrial Trades Center will be used by high school students from the Los Fresnos. In the evening, adults can come in and learning trades such as welding and carpentry.

Among those to speak at the ribbon-cutting event were Julian Alvarez, of the Texas Workforce Commission, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, and state Rep. Alex Dominguez.

After the event, the Rio Grande Guardian interviewed Alvarez, Pat Hobbs, executive director of Workforce Solutions Cameron, Los Fresnos Mayor Polo Nevarez, and Rita Hernandez, executive director of CCEI, a nonprofit otherwise known as Cameron County Education Initiative.

Here is the audio from the news conference:

Here are the interviews with Alvarez, Hernandez, Hobbs, and Nevarez: