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ConnectU2Jobs Program

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ConnectU2Jobs (CU2J) is a Highway Construction Workforce Partnership pilot program created to fill a need for a skilled highway construction workforce. The current focus of CU2J is to connect justice-involved young adults to job training, life skills coaching, and job placement. Participants also receive family supportive services such as health services, access to food pantries, and referrals for community-based childcare. To ensure success, CU2J includes a variety of partners, such as community organizations, education agencies, and industry employers.

CU2J is the first step in creating a sustainable pipeline of skilled workforce for the transportation industry which is critical to maintain safe roads in Texas.

Become a program partner

Trainee eligibility

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must have a valid Social Security card.
  • Holds a valid Texas Driver's License or have the ability to obtain one.
  • Able to pass a drug test.
  • An opportunity youth.
  • Not a current college student enrolled in courses.

Program timeline

  • 12 weeks of classroom and on-the-job training.
  • Six months of full-time earn-and-learn training with your employer partner.

Upcoming cohorts

There are currently no scheduled cohorts. If you meet the criteria above and would like to be considered for a future cohort once scheduled, please submit an interest form.

Community and employer partners

  • Associated General Contractors of Texas
  • City of Lancaster
  • Dallas College
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • First Step Community Empowerment
  • JJG Development
  • Lone Star Justice Alliance
  • Regional Black Contractors Association
  • Regional Hispanic Contractors Association
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Texas Workforce Commission
  • Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas
  • Archer Western
  • Austin Bridge & Road
  • Azteca-Omega Group
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Granite Construction
  • Lone Star Constructors
  • North Tarrant Infrastructure, LLC
  • Reyes Group
  • Sundt Construction
  • Webber
  • Zachry Group