BCPC completes $1 million donation to BC Welding Technologies Lab

BCPC completes $1 million donation to BC Welding Technologies Lab

Mon Apr 25, 2022


Brazoria County Petrochemical Council and Brazosport College representatives pose for a photo in the Corporate Learning Center at Brazosport College.

As a part of its ongoing commitment to the area’s workforce development, members of the Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) recently completed their pledge to donate $1 million to the Welding Technologies Lab at Brazosport College. It is now officially known as the "Brazoria County Petrochemical Council Welding Lab."

More Certified Employees

The donation to the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab, and support of local industry partners, has spawned new momentum for training and certification in the petrochemical trades. Brazosport College and the members of the BCPC are engaged in collaborative efforts to enhance the "pipeline" of students with dual credit classes, career and technology centers, plus other collaborative efforts, like the Veterans Career and Resource Fair, Signing Day, and the Women in Industry Conference.

Lifelong Careers

“Our members want to help develop and recruit local residents for lifelong careers in the petrochemical industry,” said Chris Witte, BASF senior vice president and chairman of the BCPC’s Workforce Development Committee. “These are positions with excellent pay and benefits that can support families, allow them to stay in the area, or take their skills to other parts of the country.”

The BCPC Welding Technologies Lab is 10,800 square feet and allows the college to train 50 to 60 welders at a time, which is a third more than the original lab provided. The lab also houses virtual trainers and computers, among other top-level equipment need to provide the most current training.

BCPC Commitments

BCPC members who contributed to the BCPC Welding Technology Lab include: Air Liquide, Ascend Performance Chemicals, BASF, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical, DSM, Dow, Freeport LNG, K-Bin, MEGlobal, ChampionX, Phillips 66, Shin-Etsu, Shintech, SI Group, andVencorex.

About the BCPC

The Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) organization is composed of chemical, petrochemical companies and other organizations that manufacture, refine, convert, store, and/or transport energy, basic chemical, or specialty chemical products. The goal of the BCPC is to enhance the well-being of the member company employees, contract employees, their families, and neighbors, here in Brazoria County. The BCPC motto is: Earn the publics’ trust every day.

About Brazosport College

Located in Lake Jackson, Texas, Brazosport College offers a broad range of courses and classes to address diverse educational objectives. Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree can enroll in academic classes, as well as courses in major fields of study, which will transfer to four-year schools. Recognized twice by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top 10 community colleges, Brazosport College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs, as well as two Bachelor in Applied Technology degrees. For more information about Brazosport College, visit www.brazosport.edu

The Brazosport College Foundation was established in 1995 with the mission to raise and administer funds for the enhancement of opportunities at Brazosport College. For more information about the Brazosport College Foundation, visit www.brazosport.edu/foundation