Skills Pipeline

Skills Pipeline

Praxair's Skills Pipeline Workforce Development Program

Expanding Our Global Commitment to STEM Education

Praxair has kicked-off the second year of its Skills Pipeline™ workforce development program. Working together with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), the program helps address the need for skilled workers in today’s global economy.

In Louisiana, Praxair will invest more than $200,000 in 2016 to train over 50 welders in an accelerated one-year curriculum. Funded by Praxair’s Global Giving Program, scholarships are being offered through Baton Rouge Community College and SOWELA Technical Community College. Classes are scheduled to begin in July, with community information events beginning in June.

The program is the most recent example of Praxair's commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Praxair will also be expanding the program to other areas across the country in 2016. By the end of the year, Praxair will have invested more than $1million in workforce development through the program.

Training Nearly 100 New Welders in One Year

On October 22, 2015, 87 welding students graduated from the first phase of the Skills Pipeline program in Louisiana. The scholarships provided students access to an accelerated American Welding Society (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) 

How can I participate?

To participate in the program, please email

View our News Release: May 31, 2016 -- Praxair Kicks-Off Second Year of Skills Pipeline Workforce Development Program in Louisiana; Providing More Than $200,000 in Scholarships