|[August 07, 2014]
Praxair Launches $300,000 "Skills Pipeline" Workforce Development Program, Expanding its Global Commitment to STEM Education
BATON ROUGE, La. --(Business Wire)--
Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX) today announced a new "Skills Pipeline" program,
the company's multifaceted approach to help address the growing need for
skilled workers in today's global economy. The first phase of the
program will provide more than $300,000 to train 100 new welders in an
accelerated one-year curriculum in Louisiana.
This program is the most recent example of Praxair's commitment to
advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
Funded by Praxair's Global Giving Program and conducted in cooperation
with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS),
Praxair's Skills Pipeline program will be offered through Baton Rouge
Community College, Delgado Community College and SOWELA Technical
Community College. Scheduled to begin in September, the program also
provides funding for new instructorships and professional development
opportunities for existing welders.
"Praxair is constantly focused on developing a diverse pipeline of
talented STEM and skilled trade professionals to ensure we meet our
critical business needs and remain competitive globally," said Anne
Roby, senior vice president at Praxair. "We have had a strong presence
in Louisiana for decades and are pleased to partner with LCTCS. We
believe these important investments affirm Praxair's commitment to the
communities where we live and work."
"Praxair's initiative wastes no time in addressing what looms as a very
specific and pressing need for our state," said Louisiana House Speaker
Chuck Kleckley. "Praxair's Skills Pipeline scholarships offer an
accelerated educational effort providing the state of Louisiana with 100
credentialed welders ready to go to work within a year. The state of
Louisiana has more than $60 billion in new plant construction slated to
begin by 2016 and the need for skilled welding professionals is urgent.
This program is a prime example of the industry-academia-governmental
collaborations envisioned for the state's Workforce and Innovation for a
Stronger Economy (WISE) Program."
Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) President Dr.
Monty Sullivan spoke of the significance of such a program to the
students saying, "This investment by our partners at Praxair comes at a
critical time for Louisiana as we continue the drive to increase the
skilled workforce of tomorrow. Welding and construction skill crafts are
some of the fastest growing and some of the highest paying professions
in the state. This effort will give more Louisiana citizens the skills
to go to work."
The scholarships will provide students access to an accelerated AWS
SENSE curriculum as well as career-readiness content from Praxair.
Courses in the AWS curriculum include:
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
Manual Oxyfuel Gas Cutting (OFC)
Mechanized Oxyfuel Gas Cutting (OFC)
Manual Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
Manual Air Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-A)
In November 2013, the company announced it would fund approximately
$200,000 in scholarships over five years for AWS and SkillsUSA. These
scholarships support the education and hands-on training of student
welders in the United States, a skillset that is vital to the growth of
the metal fabrication industry and many of Praxair's customers.
Praxair has a long history of sparking creativity in the welding
community. Through its Praxair Distribution, Inc. business, the company
is a leading supplier of proprietary welding, cutting, specialty and
medical gases, as well as welding-related equipment and supplies. With
its retail stores, world-renowned ProStar® product
line, cylinder-filling plants, distribution warehouses and online
channels, PDI serves over 500,000 customers and is recognized for its
expertise in enhanced metal fabrication productivity services. With such
extensive expertise, Praxair is in the unique position to help further
the careers of future and current welders.
Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 250 company with 2013 sales of $12 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
and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services
and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing
efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries,
and beverage, electronics,
manufacturing, metals and many others. More information about Praxair,
Inc. is available at www.praxair.com.
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