Skills Pipeline

Skills Pipeline

Praxair's Skills Pipeline Workforce Development Program

Expanding Our Global Commitment to STEM Education

In August 2017, Praxair further expanded the Skills Pipeline program to advanced manufacturing careers. Working with Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, home to the company’s Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc. (PST) business, the new initiative will offer instruction, career support and professional development opportunities to approximately 50 students training to become technologists.

After completing the one-year curriculum in Indianapolis, students earn a certificate in industrial technology in addition to a number of other skills-based certifications. The training will allow these students to pursue job opportunities as manufacturing and production technicians in industries such as PST’s aviation coatings.

The Skills Pipeline program is an example of Praxair’s commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Including this newest offering, Praxair’s Global Giving Program has provided more than $1 million in workforce development training through the Skills Pipeline program since 2014.

More about the skills pipeline program

In September, 2014, Praxair launched its Skills Pipeline™ workforce development program, the company’s multifaceted approach to help address the growing need for skilled workers in today’s global economy. Funded by Praxair’s Global Giving Program, the company kicked-off its program in Louisiana and has since expanded nationally and internationally.

The first phase of this community engagement program provided more than $300,000 to train approximately 100 new welders in an accelerated one-year curriculum through Baton Rouge Community College, Delgado Community College, and SOWELA Technical Community College.

The Louisiana program continued in 2016, with an additional investment of more than $200,000; approximately 50 new welders are currently completing this program in Louisiana. Additionally, in its first international pilot, the program trained 200 welding students in China.

How can I participate?

To participate in the program, please email

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