Praxair's Skills Pipeline™ Workforce Development Program
Expanding Our Global Commitment to STEM Education
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 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 $1.5 million in workforce development training through the Skills Pipeline program since 2014.
Praxair SKILLS PIPELINE programs in Welding
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 30 new welders completed this program in 2017. Additionally, in its first international pilot, the program trained 200 welding students in China.
The Louisiana program continues to grow in 2018, with programs for 100 welders—levels one, two, and three—starting in August, 2018.
In December, 2018, a new welding offering was announced in collaboration with Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas, with Praxair providing $185,000 to train approximately 50 new welders in basic and advanced welding skills. Classes begin in January, 2019.
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In addition to the welding programs, in 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 offers 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 Indianapolis program has celebrated its first graduates. The program is continuing, and the current class graduates in May, 2019.
In February, 2019, the company expanded the program to professional truck driving careers. In collaboration with Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) in Alexandria and the U.S. Army installation at Fort Polk, this Army Career Skills Program scholarships to soldiers who are transitioning back to civilian life. The program is the first in the Skills Pipeline family to be solely focused on veterans and is open to transitioning Army soldiers across the United States.
The curriculum includes Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training and the opportunity to obtain haz-mat and tanker endorsements relevant to work in the chemical industry. Additionally, the program offers instructorships, professional development and career-readiness content from the company, including from some of the company’s veteran employees.
The first cohort graduated in April, and new classes begin in June and September.
Look forward to more information about the expansion of Skills Pipeline programs to new skills areas and new geographies. For more information on these programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.