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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.  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.

Anne Roby
Senior Vice President, Praxair

Benefitting Students at:

Baton Rouge Community College    Delgado Community College   Sowela Technical Community College

Praxair, Inc., Louisiana Community and Technical College System Announce $300,000 “Skills Pipeline”

BATON ROUGE, La., – The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) today announced a new “Skills Pipeline” program.  The Skills Pipeline program is Praxair’s multi-faceted 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.

This program is the most recent example of Praxair’s and the LCTCS commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.  Funded by Praxair’s Global Giving Program the 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.



JP Morgan Chase


Helping people gain the work skills they need will transform lives and strengthen our state’s economy. Every day, employers tell us they can’t fill good-paying jobs because there simply aren’t enough trained workers. Working with the WISE Fund, we can provide great careers for our citizens and continued economic prosperity for Louisiana.

Benefitting Students at:

Baton Rouge Community College                        BPCC                   CLTCC              Delgado Community College

Fletcher Technical Community College      Louisiana Delta Community College     Northshore Technical Community College          Northwest Louisiana Technical College

Nunez Community College         River Parishes Community College        SCL Technical College        South Louisiana Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College

JPMorgan Chase & Co. announce $1 million investment to fund statewide workforce training in LA

BATON ROUGE, October 21, 2014 – Today, JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced it is committing $1 million to the Foundation for Louisiana’s Community & Technical Colleges to fund statewide workforce training and connect more students with the state’s powerful industrial expansion.

Once approved for matching funds by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the grant would tap into the state’s $40 million Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund, or WISE Fund. Through a 4-to-1 matching formula, the JPMorgan Chase grant would be transformed into a $5 million combined contribution. The investment is part of the bank’s unprecedented five-year, $250 million global New Skills at Work initiative.

“We are in the midst of the greatest economic expansion of our time,” said Monty Sullivan, president of Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges. “The workforce demand is unprecedented, and for JPMorgan Chase, a global financial leader, to quickly respond is verification of their commitment to the long-term success of Louisiana and its people. Today’s investment will help our colleges meet the demand and improve lives. This is yet another example of the kinds of partnerships that are required to provide our citizens the training they need to be successful in this economy.”

JP Morgan Chase & Co.



CB&I has a significant presence in Louisiana, which includes a large professional workforce, major projects and key fabrication facilities,” said , CB&I’sPresident and Chief Executive Officer. So this partnership is important to our business. It will help us meet the demand for skilled and qualified workers to execute our existing and future projects in the state.

Philip K. Asherman
resident and Chief Executive Officer, CB&I


Benefitting Students at:

Baton Rouge Community College           Sowela Technical Community College

CB&I, Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges Announce Workforce Development Partnership

BATON ROUGE, La., – Louisiana’s community and technical colleges announced today a workforce development partnership with CB&I where the company will develop and tailor a welding curriculum that provides hands-on training for careers in high-demand, high-wage fields. CB&I also will contribute a full-time welding instructor at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC), a full-time welding instructor at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles and a weld-operations manager to serve as a liaison between CB&I, SOWELA and BRCC.

This partnership is part of the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Plan, which is targeted specifically to advance Louisiana’s national competitiveness. The plan seeks to align new investments in higher education with the workforce needs of the existing and emerging growth sectors in the state’s economy. The WISE Plan also seeks a stronger partnership with Louisiana’s business and industry leaders through a matching program to spur private investment in public universities and colleges.

CB & I

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