DANBURY, Conn., December 18, 2018 – Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc (NYSE:LIN; FWB:LIN), announced today it will further expand its Skills Pipeline workforce development program in collaboration with Brazosport College in Lake Jackson. The program, which starts in January 2019, will offer training for 50 students to become welders. Launched in 2014, the Skills Pipeline program has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships through funds from Praxair’s Global Giving Program.
Praxair’s latest gift of $185,000 will cover the cost of tuition and welding equipment for students. Graduates will earn welding certificates and college credits. Additionally, the Skills Pipeline program includes career-readiness content from Praxair, funding for instructorships and professional development.
"We are pleased to bring our Skills Pipeline program to Texas, helping even more people gain the skills they need to obtain productive and rewarding employment,” said Dr. Anne Roby, senior vice president at Praxair. “Welding gases are a significant part of Praxair’s business, making it a win for industry, customers and those in our local community.”
“Brazosport College is proud to join Praxair in this incredible opportunity,” said Dr. Lynda Villanueva, provost and vice president of Academic & Student Affairs at Brazosport College. “Through its generous contributions, 50 students will develop skills in a high-demand occupation where positions pay competitive wages.”
Joining other successful Skills Pipeline programs, this latest community engagement initiative demonstrates Praxair’s ongoing commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and craft training to address the need for increasingly skilled workers.
Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. For more information about the company, please visit our website at www.praxair.com.
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