Carpenters, framers, plumbers, electricians, masons, painters, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration…The Coastal Bend is experiencing a significant shortage in skilled trades experts. The average age of a skilled craftsman today is 60 years old so we can anticipate many of our existing craftsmen to retire soon. The Port of Corpus Christi is driving a significant economic expansion which will demand even more skilled craftsmen. Our community needs young people to become skilled craftsmen to our build and maintain our homes, schools and businesses. Education to Employment Partners in conjunction with local school districts offer students interested in construction an opportunity to participate in a 10-week paid summer internship program. Check with your high school counselor to find out if the CAT Program is offered at your school.