Tyler ISD plays role in passing student plumbing education bill

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Tyler ISD helped pass new legislation that will allow high school students to obtain a Tradesman Limited plumber’s license after completing the required number of CTE plumbing courses in high school and through then passed the examination of the Council of State. .

This groundbreaking opportunity for students was made possible by Texas House Rep. Matt Schaefer, who added the amendment to HB 636 during this year’s legislative session. Now the bill is law and students can easily be trained in plumbing in high school and immediately join the industry after graduation.

“We have reduced the red tape that closed the doors to students learning the plumber trade in public schools. From now on, the profession of plumber will open up to thousands of students who will be able to make this training an immediate success. Restoring real-world skills training to students and giving them more options for success is good for all Texans. Tyler ISD helped me pass this law. We’re seeing interest in starting plumbing classes in public schools across Texas, and we’re thrilled. “

Representative Matt Schaefer

Gary Brown, executive director of Tyler ISD College and Career, was also instrumental in the passage and implementation of the new law. “I testified in Austin at a committee hearing in support of Representative Schaefer’s legislation,” Brown said. “After the bill became law, I worked with Representative Schaefer’s team, the Texas Education Association (TEA), the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Texas State Plumbing Board of Examiners (TSBPE) to develop the implementation plan.

Before the bill was passed, anyone seeking a plumber’s license had to complete a minimum of 4,000 hours of work under the direction of a master plumber in order to take the test. However, under the new curriculum created by Bill, Tyler ISD may offer classroom training and workplace learning experiences in high school.

Brent McDonald, owner of Rub-A-Dub Plumbing in Tyler, also testified in favor of the legislation. McDonald’s sits on the Executive Advisory Board of Tyler ISD Career and Technology Education (CTE) which provides industry information and commentary on program, instruction and equipment at Tyler ISD.

“We are thrilled that these future plumbers are embarking on a high-demand, high-paying career,” said Brown. We will offer four levels of study with courses taught by a master plumber.

The new CTE plumbing program will be open to students starting in fall 2022.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hines at Jennifer.Hines@TylerISD.org