In order to compete in today's job market, American industries need skilled workers.
According to a recent survey, Texarkana growth is up 7% in the state of Texas.
Area leaders attribute this increase to education and training in high growth industries.
A group of Red River Army Depot employees are receiving training on how to rebuild transmissions in army vehicles.
Depot employee Michael Carmack says the skills he's learning in the TexAmericas Center are much needed.
"In the civilian world, we don't see this kind of stuff. We're working for the military so we have to get it done right," said Carmack.
Forty years ago, a high school diploma could provide a path to a middle class job.
Senior instructor Dan Cleveland says in today's job market training makes the difference between a technician and a parts replacer.
"Mechanics these days have to be computer literate. They have to know electronics, as well as, all the mechanics that goes into the engine," said Cleveland.
Texarkana College partnered with TexAmericas to help meet the diverse needs of the depot and the surrounding community.
Diesel Mechanics Instructor David Lipscomb says the training will provide them with the ability to gain employment in high-growth industries.
"Some of the students are coming back to school after they've been out in the world trying to better themselves.
Some are just right out of high school, wanting to find a good job right off the start," said Lipscomb.
The training center provides academic courses, as well as, trade skills such as welding and auto mechanics.