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BRCC and Praxair, Inc. celebrate 2017 Praxair Skills Pipeline graduates with ceremony

graduated from Praxair'sSixteen students from Baton Rouge Community College graduated from Praxair's (NYSE: PX) Skills Pipeline program in Louisiana. The students were recognized with a graduation ceremony at BRCC’s Mid City campus on August 24. The program is comprised of four welding processes and four cutting processes.  Since its inception in 2014, Overall, more than 100 students have successfully completed the program, with many of them being offered employment throughout Louisiana.

"Congratulations to our students who are graduating from the Praxair Skills Pipeline program," said Larissa Littleton-Steib, chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College. "It has been an honor to partner with Praxair in building a workforce development framework that has resulted in providing the right skills and training for the high-wage, high-demand welding positions needed to build Baton Rouge's workforce and contribute to the overall economic momentum of the Capital Region." 

The Praxair Skills Pipeline program is a community engagement initiative demonstrating Praxair's commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The program also supports the education and hands-on training of student welders in Louisiana, a skillset that is vital to the growth of the metal fabrication industry and many of Praxair's customers. It is a collaboration between the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, its colleges, and business and industry.

"It is a privilege to have had the opportunity to help these students as they worked diligently to increase their skills and quality of life. Our collaboration with Louisiana's community and technical colleges continues to be meaningful for us, for our fellow members of industry who join us for the celebration, and for the local communities," said Tamara Brown, Praxair director of sustainable development and community engagement. "We look forward to the impact these men and women will bring to their families, to our industry, and to Louisiana."

To date, the Skills Pipeline program, funded by Praxair's Global Giving Program, has provided more than $500,000 to train students in an accelerated one-year curriculum through collaborations with Louisiana's community and technical colleges. The program funding also provides community education, instructorships, career development, and continuing education opportunities.

PHOTO Front Row L-R:  Brittany Howard; Donald Austin; Kendall Bibbins; Tyler Davis; Quinton Dumas; Joseph Doucet; Enyatta Gremillion; Back Row L-R:  Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development – Charlie Freeburgh; Site Administrator, BRCC New Roads – Amanda Stanley; Senior Plant Maintenance Technician, Praxair, Inc. – Courtland Bassett; Executive Director for Workforce Education – Girard Melancon, Ph.D; Dana Jackson; Tyler Landaiche; BRCC Chancellor – Larisssa Littleton-Steib, Ph.D; Brandon Seal; Porsha Dixon; Dillon Henderson; Stefan Smith; General Sales Manager LA, Praxair Distribution – Chad Adams; Director of Sustainable Development and Community Engagement, Praxair, Inc. – Tamara Brown; Director Workforce Alignment, Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges – William Seaman.

Graduates not photographed: Karl Collins; Steven Cooper; Tyler Davis; Mark LaRusso; Robert Stone.