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BRCC receives $50,000 equipment donation from DOW

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) millwright students are now receiving hands-on training thanks to a $50,000 equipment donation to the BRCC Foundation from DOW Chemical Company (DOW). 
The donation consists of several plant grade millwright pumps that will be used as training simulators for millwright classes held at BRCC's Plaquemine location, 25250 Tenant Road. 

"We can't have our students experience culture shock when they walk onto the plant floor for the first time," said John Smith, BRCC millwright instructor and senior mechanical technologist at DOW. "Having a real piece of equipment from an actual plant available in the classroom really helps to prepare students for the work environments they will experience." 
The millwright equipment was spotted by Smith and his colleagues while reviewing one of DOW's plant demolitions. The equipment has been totally refurbished.  

"When BRCC instructors had an opportunity to get their hands on this equipment, they jumped on it," said Tom Bradley, global reliability and maintenance director for plastics with DOW, and chair of BRCC's Industry Advisory Board. "This new addition to the millwright program will help students make a seamless transition from the lab to the field."

"It's a perfect situation, said Diego Martinez, who is currently enrolled in BRCC's evening millwright program and works as a full-time millwright at Turner Industries during the day. "I know first hand that the equipment in this program replicates what you'll find in a plant environment."

"This is an investment," said Bradley. "People's lives are changed by programs like this and so it is not just a benefit to DOW but to the entire community. It really puts wind in my sails!"  
For more information on millwright classes at BRCC call (225) 687-5500.