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.”

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Randy Chapman

This is so sweet it almost brings tears. Valero decides to donate $250K after they get out paying taxes owed on $190 million to Galveston County CAD. Pathetic that they will reap the rewards of the school's investment, and yet they can't find more than a measly quarter million after they short-changed the school district.

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