Brazosport College dedicates BCPC Welding Technologies Lab

Brazosport College dedicates BCPC Welding Technologies Lab

Thu Mar 24, 2016

Members of the Brazosport College Foundation Board pose in front of the new BCPC Welding Technologies Lab during the facility’s recent dedication. Pictured are, from left, Brazosport College Foundation Board member Ravi Singhania; Foundation Development Officer Sherrie Garrett; Foundation Board member Frank Mauro; Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek; Foundation Development Officer Kristin Schwertner; BCPC Chair and Dow Chemical Company Responsible Care Director Lisa LaBean; Foundation Board members Chris Witte, Terry McAlister, Diane Tasto, Gerald Andrews and David Howarth; Brazosport College Vice President, College Advancement Serena Andrews; and Foundation Board members Robert Perryman and Gary Crabtree.

Members of the Brazosport College Board of Regents, Brazoria County Petrochemical (BCPC) representative Lisa LaBean and Brazosport College representatives stand in front of the new BCPC Welding Technologies Lab during the facility’s recent dedication. Pictured are, from left, Brazosport College Board of Regent member Jason Cordoba; BCPC Chair and Dow Chemical Company Responsible Care Director Lisa LaBean; Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek; and Brazosport College Board of Regents members Sharon Rogers, vice chair; Lucilla Henderson and Robert Perryman.

Brazosport College is pleased to dedicate its newest building, the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab.

Located within the College’s Science Technology Corridor, the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab replaces Brazosport College’s old welding lab, which was more than 40 years old.

Most importantly, the new lab allows Brazosport College to do its part in helping to properly train new welders, which are in high demand.

“The demand overall, worldwide, is huge for welders,” said Jay Barr, Brazosport College Instructor of Welding Technology. “In order to fill the industry needs, we needed more space and a filtration system so we could train in alloys. The industry standard is that we protect our students and the environment from the different fume extractions, so we went to a filtration system. Now we’re able to fulfill those industry needs. 

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 could train. The lab also houses virtual trainers and computers, among other top-level equipment needed to provide the most current training.

The facility was made possible by contributions to the Brazosport College Foundation by local industry, individuals and businesses, which included a $1 million gift from the Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC).

The BCPC is a group made up of 20 of the leading companies in the chemical industry that operate in southern Brazoria County with the purpose of sharing knowledge and understanding about subjects other than specific operations, but ones that will affect all of them. BCPC companies located within the College’s service area and contributing to the $1 million gift to the Brazosport College Foundation are Air Liquide America Corporation; Ascend Performance Materials, Inc.; BASF Corporation; Braskem America; Chevron Phillips Chemical Company; DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.; Freeport LNG Development, L.P.; Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corporation; Phillips 66; Shintech/Shin-Etsu Silicones/K-Bin; SI Group; The Dow Chemical Company; and Vencorex.

Also located in the Science Technology Corridor is the BASF Center for Process Technology, the Bryon & Sandra Sadler Health Professions/Science Complex and the Freeport LNG Crafts Academy.

For more information about the BCPC Welding Technologies Lab, the Freeport LNG Crafts Academy or other Brazosport College facilities, call the Brazosport College Foundation, at (979) 230-3245 or go online at www.brazosport.edu/foundation. To learn more about Brazosport College, call (979) 230-3000 or visitwww.brazosport.edu.