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TEXO Foundation is a 501c3 organization supporting the construction members of TEXO a joint chapter of AGC and ABC. In 2017 the TEXO Foundation established a board of directors to help set vision to begin tackling the current construction labor shortage and encouraging the best and brightest students to pursue careers in construction. The organization has two main focus areas- high school outreach and college outreach.

Mission:

To educate, recruit, train, and retain the next generation of construction professionals.



TEXO Foundation Board of Directors

JOSH CARSON, BOARD CHAIR

BRENT BALLARD

Bennett Brown

Holly Crowder

Beck Dando

Mike Green

Randy Humphrey

Ann-Maree Harrison

Mike Oswald



TEXO Foundation Committees

High School Outreach


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High school outreach focuses on creating pipelines within high schools via advisory councils, classroom presentations, construction awareness events and scholarships to encourage careers in construction and skilled trades.

Partner Schools:

 

District

School

DISD

Wilmer-Hutchins High School

DISD

WW Samuell High School

Irving ISD

MacArthur High School

Birdville ISD

Birdville High School

Richardson ISD

Lake Highlands High School; Richardson High School 

Garland ISD

Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center

College Outreach


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College outreach focuses on building relationships with colleges and universities that have accredited construction programs. 


Partner Schools: 

 

State

School

 Arkansas

John Brown University 

 Arkansas

University of Arkansas - Little Rock

 Louisiana

Bossier Parish Community College 

 Louisiana

Louisiana Tech University

 Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Monroe

 Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

 Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University - Institute of Technology, Okmulgee 

 Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

 Texas

Lamar University

 Texas

Texas A&M University

 Texas

Texas A&M University - Commerce

 Texas

Texas State University

 Texas

Texas Tech University

 Texas

University of Houston

 Texas

University of North Texas

 Texas

University of Texas at San Antonio



Other Foundation Activities

Educators Conference:

The Building Knowledge Conference- an annual conference hosted by the TEXO Foundation in Dallas, TX. This conference is designed to connect higher education professionals in construction-related degree programs with construction industry representatives from DFW.  The conference focuses on discussing industry standards, economic outlook, construction projects of the future, technology and innovation, and what the industry looks for in hiring future graduates.

Student competition:

Each year, TEXO Foundation and Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 team up and host the TEXO Student Competition. Teams of students from 4 states compete against each other using member companies’ construction projects to show their skill and interest in careers in construction. Students compete in three divisions: heavy civil, commercial, design-build. This event allows industry professionals to meet the brightest college students and future recruits. 

Scholarships and Grants:

The TEXO Foundation raises funds to support the construction industry through the generous support of TEXO members. It is a goal of the Foundation that through university support via scholarships and grants, high quality employees will be attracted to the Dallas/Fort Worth construction market. 
Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships on an annual basis. After receiving the applications, the TEXO Foundation reviews the applications and determines which students will receive an opportunity to interview for a scholarship. Many factors weigh into the decision of awarding scholarships, and the Foundation takes time to visit with the candidates in a panel-style interview via skype.

KidsBuild:

KIDSBUILD is a family event hosted during the TEXO YCC Tailgate focused on getting kids interested in construction career opportunities. In addition to barbeque and chili tastings as well as a washer tournament, kids ages three to nine can participate in hands-on construction activities sponsored by dedicated TEXO members and associated industry.