GCCSA, Inc. – A Community Action Agency

Harris County in Action

Serving the residents of Harris County

Adult Career Education

The GCCSA Adult Career Education team partners with educational entities around Harris County to provide innovative programs that will enable adult residents to not just acquire marketable skills, but obtain certifications for lucrative and satisfying careers that will span a lifetime.

GCCSA is eradicating the disparity within Greater Houston with opportunity and means. We are providing scholarships for certificate programs with organizations with whom we have developed ongoing partnerships. This will help individuals become better equipped when seeking employment in very competitive industries.

While enrolled in GCCSA adult education and literacy programs, participants receive 1) case management; 2) access to GCCSA’s Head Start & Early Head Start Program for qualified children; 3) budget and financial literacy; 4) employment support services; and 5) hardship assistance, including for rent, electricity, food, and transportation.

Job Readiness

GCCSA, Inc. offers job readiness workshops that help prepare participants to get, keep and excel at their employment. We help program participants develop the necessary skills and good work habits that will facilitate their continued success.

Our career counseling and employment services provide one-on-one coaching, counseling, mentoring, and advising; resume writing and reviews; job leads, referrals, and placements; job fairs and career events; and networking opportunities with other service providers. Workshops include – 

Resume & Cover Letter

  • Effective elements of an eye-catching resume
  • Build and/or revise your resume
  • Components of a cover letter
  • Create a job-specific cover letter

Job Search & Application

  • The modern job search
  • Search strategies
  • Organizing your search
  • Completing an application
  • Dealing with the stress of rejection

The Job Interview

  • Dress for Success
  • Interview questions and answers
  • Employment history
  • Workplace etiquette


  •  What is networking?
  • The art of building relationships
  • LinkedIn
  • Strategies for success

Employability Skills

  • Professionalism
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management


CDL Certification

GCCSA is currently partnering with ACE Truck Driving Academy to offer free CDL classes. Your future starts here!

Our partnership with ACE Truck Driving is affording better opportunities for you to drive out of poverty and into a successful life.  Participants in the courses will receive a scholarship to attend the certification courses for free. While enrolled in ACE Academy, participants will receive GCCSA supportive services, such as access to the food pantry, and rental and electricity assistance. Enrollment for the 4 to 6- week classes is ongoing.

Dental Assistant

GCCSA is partnering with Pure Dental Assistant Academy for those who wish to pursue a career in health care.  

Pure Dental Assistant Academy offers programs for entry-level assisting. Their 7-week program also offers the ability for students to become registered dental assistants. A career as a dental assistant offers – 

  • A secure and stable career with upward mobility in the healthcare field
  • A career that makes a difference in the lives of people through health and well-being (who doesn’t want a gorgeous smile!)
  • Fast, affordable training (7-week program)
  • Long-term job security with positions available in every community
  • Competitive pay (many RDA’s start off at more than $19/hour)

Health Care Certifications

GCCSA’s partnership with Unchartered Territory Solutions (UTS) has opened up health care opportunities for interested participants. UTS is a Houston-based, veteran-owned company run by experienced nurses. It has certificate programs (with GCCSA scholarship assistance) for –  

  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG Technician


GCCSA has partnered with two organizations that will train, certify and assist graduates with obtaining positions within the high-demand industries that require skilled welders. 

Industrial Welding Academy (IWA)

South Coast Welding Academy (SCWA)

IWA is dedicated to teaching students the trade of welding through a uniquely designed curriculum that allows graduates to find positions within the many industries that use skilled welders. IWA offers five certifications – 

  • 2 Three-week courses 
  • 3 Six-week courses

SCWA’s trade school offers various welding technology programs designed to provide hands-on training. Graduates are prepared to work in construction, ship building, petrochemical, fabrication shops, pipeline, and more. SCWA offers 13 course types throughout the day, 7 days a week. They also have instruction in Spanish.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Read more on our anti-discrimination policies.