TEXO Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization supporting the construction members of TEXO in their workforce development efforts. In 2017, the Foundation established a board of directors to help set a vision to begin tackling the current construction labor shortage and encouraging the best and brightest students to pursue careers in construction. The organization has three main focus areas for outreach – high school, college, and the community.
To educate, recruit, train, and retain the next generation of construction professionals.
High School Outreach Committee
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.
College Outreach Committee
College outreach focuses on building relationships with colleges and universities that have accredited construction programs, including the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 5, as well as administering scholarships and grants.
Community Outreach Committee
Community outreach is a new area of focus for the Foundation and will primarily focus on encouraging veterans, parolees, individuals looking to change careers, and others to join the construction industry.
ASC Region 5 | TEXO Foundation Student Competition
Each year, TEXO Foundation and Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 team up and host the 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, and 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. Our goal is 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 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 we take time to visit with the candidates in a panel-style interview via Skype.
Building Knowledge Conference
The Building Knowledge Conference is an annual educators’ 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.
KIDSBUILD is a family event hosted during the annual TEXO YCC Tailgate focused on getting kids interested in construction career opportunities. While parents can enjoy BBQ, chili, and washers at the Tailgate, kids ages 3-9 can participate in hands-on construction activities sponsored by dedicated TEXO members and associated industry.
TEXO Foundation Board of Directors
Josh Carson, Board Chair | Moss
Bennett Brown | Brown & Tucker
Holly Crowder | The Beck Group
Beck Dando | Rogers-O’Brien Construction
Ann-Maree Harrison | Hilti North America
Douglas C. Karr | Turner Construction Company
Michael Manry | Polk Mechanical
Mike Oswald | Hill & Wilkinson Construction Group
Joe Rivas | Walker Engineering
Partner High Schools
Wilmer-Hutchins High School (Dallas ISD)
MacArthur High School (Irving ISD)
Lake Highlands High School (Richardson ISD)
Richardson High School (Richardson ISD)
Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (Garland ISD)
Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center (Arlington ISD)
Celina High School (Celina ISD)
KCAL (Keller ISD)
Prestwick STEM Academy (Little Elm ISD)
Wylie High School (Wylie ISD)
John Brown University
Louisiana Tech University
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University – Institute of Technology, Okmulgee
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University – Commerce
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
University of Arkansas – Little Rock
University of Houston
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of North Texas
University of Oklahoma
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas at Tyler