BC-BASF2-2019

BASF awards $1 million to BC Foundation for high-tech workforce training

BASF awards $1 million to BC Foundation for high-tech workforce training

Fri Sep 13, 2019

BC-BASF 2019

Chris Witte, Sr. Vice President of BASF and General Manager for the Freeport Site and Dr. Millicent Valek, Brazosport College President, pose for a photo after BASF presents a $1 million award to the Brazosport College Foundation to be used toward the development of the high-technology workforce of tomorrow.

Brazosport College and BASF Corporation have a long history of working together. In fact, BASF has had a relationship with Brazosport College since the school was founded 50 years ago. That partnership grew even stronger with the creation of the Brazosport College Foundation in 1996.

This relationship has benefitted the local community in a variety of ways, ranging from student scholarships to workforce training to entertainment sponsorships.

BASF is the longest serving corporate sponsor of the Brazosport College Foundation’s Guest Artist Series, which continues to this day. As the sponsor for this year’s season-opening concert at The Clarion at Brazosport College, BASF is still helping to bring amazing national music artists to this community.

Through the years, BASF has also awarded millions of dollars to the Brazosport College Foundation, with much of the funding going toward the training of this community’s workforce. A building on the BC campus — the BASF Center for Process Technology — even has BASF’s name on it.

This relationship continues to thrive, as BASF is once again partnering with the Brazosport College Foundation — this time with a $1 million award — which will be used toward the development of the high-technology workforce of tomorrow.

The funds, which will be distributed over the next five years, will truly be focused on the future.

As modern technologies, such as robotics, drones, automation, virtual reality, digitalization and tablets, have become important additions to the industrial field, a need has arisen for the training of these specialized workers. These funds will be used for the training and development of these skills in the workforce, as well as updating and enhancing the BASF Center for Process Technology for this new technology.

“Dr. Valek and BASF share the same vision for developing our future workforce, and that means starting now so when the future is here, we’re ready,” said Chris Witte, Sr. Vice President of BASF and General Manager for the Freeport Site. “This investment is a win-win-win: For BASF, for our local industry and for our community college. BASF is proud to celebrate our 50-year history with Brazosport College by giving to our future.”

The $1 million check from BASF was unveiled on Sept. 13 during the Brazosport College Foundation’s President’s Reception event at the Corporate Learning Center at Brazosport College.

“Brazosport College and BASF Corporation have a long history together and this is another great day for our partnership,” said Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek. “This investment to the Brazosport College Foundation will not only provide technology upgrades for the BASF Center, but it also supports the future of technology as we continue to provide the tools to train a skilled workforce for tomorrow.”

The President’s Reception, which kicked off the Clarion’s 2019-20 performance season, was immediately followed with a concert by country star Mark Chesnutt. The President’s Reception and the Clarion’s season-opening concert were both sponsored by BASF.

For more information about Brazosport College, call (979) 230-3000. To learn more about the most recent award from BASF, call the Brazosport College Foundation at (979) 230-3234.