The Valero Energy Foundation announced Monday it had donated $250,000 to Texas City Independent School District’s new Industrial Trades Center.
The education center officially opened its doors earlier this month. The courses in trade work, including welding, electricity and maritime operations, provide students with hands-on training and, in some cases, certifications to jump-start their careers, said Richard Chapa, director of Career Technology Education.
“We are proud to partner with the Texas City Independent School District, and help build the future industrial workforce of Galveston County and the state of Texas,” said Sal Viscontini, senior vice president and general manager of the Valero Texas City Refinery.
“We have worked very closely with TCISD leaders to develop industrial trade programs especially needed with the onset of retiring skilled laborers.”