Louisiana's Community And Technical Colleges, Praxair To Celebrate First Graduates Of Skills Pipeline Program
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Community and Technical College System and Praxair held a press conference and graduation celebration to honor nearly 100 graduates of its inaugural Skills Pipeline program in Louisiana today, Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Dumas Room at Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Dr., in Baton Rouge, at 12:15 p.m.
Skills Pipeline is a community engagement initiative funded by Praxair's Global Giving Program to help meet the demand for skilled workers. It is the most recent example of Praxair's commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
The company also announced its continued support for the program in 2016 through the community and technical college system.
The initial funding for the $300,000 community engagement program has helped develop an advanced public workforce through skilled welding scholarships. Baton Rouge Community College, Delgado Community College and SOWELA Technical Community College were the first colleges in the United States to implement the new program.
Participants scheduled to attend included:
• Hon. Charles "Chuck" Kleckley, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives
• Dr. Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System President
• Tim Hardy, First Vice Chair, Board of Supervisors, Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System
• Tony Wallace, South Region Vice President, Praxair, Inc.
Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 250 company with 2014 sales of $12.3 billion, is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings.