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Brazosport_news_and_notesBrazosport College, Dow Chemical Co. partner for $1.6 million grant

4_TWC_check_0004Brazosport College recently partnered with Dow Chemical Co. to provide job-training for 763 new and incumbent workers using a $1,657,762 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area.

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar presented a check to representatives from Brazosport College and Dow Chemical Co. during a ceremony at the BASF Center for Process Technology on the Brazosport College campus.

This grant will be used to provide customized training to 763 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on industrial IT programming, control theory, electricity, chemical engineering, process technology, environmental and safety training. Trainees will include process, mechanical, electrical engineers, analyzer, process control and instrument technicians, scientists and operators.

BC again named among Aspen’s top community colleges

Brazosport College has again been recognized among the top 150 community colleges in the nation, according to the Aspen Institute. Brazosport College and the 149 other community colleges were selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes.

4_Aspen_photo-87This is the third straight time Brazosport College has been selected in the top 150 schools for the biennial award. The past two times, Brazosport College was recognized among the top 10 schools in the nation.

Brazosport College is one of only four schools in the nation to have achieved Aspen Top 10 status during the last two award presentations. The Aspen Institute will narrow its list to the top 10 finalists for this year’s award later this year.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

BC students named Siemens Technical Scholars

4_Siemens_picThree Brazosport College students were named as inaugural Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation.

Scholars were chosen from programs at the nation’s top community colleges, all of which provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and information technology.

Brazosport College students Angel Alvarez, Emily Grimes and Angela Munoz received scholarships between $3,500 and $10,000 to continue their education or pay existing student loan debt.

Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations, and a large share of these jobs are in manufacturing and healthcare industries. Community colleges are a lynchpin to meeting this demand: More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually.

The Siemens Technical Scholars selection committee identified exemplary programs at top colleges named finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, like Brazosport College that deliver exceptional training for middle-skill STEM jobs in areas ranging from power plant technology to healthcare.

Six graduate from BC’s ATX Jumpstart program

4_ATX_Jumpstart_graduation_0005Brazosport College recently graduated its first group of students from its community-training ATX Jumpstart program. In its initial class, six students finished the 15-week program and earned both GEDs and entry-level certifications for specialized industrial jobs.

Funded by an Accelerate Texas Grant, the ATX Jumpstart option is a free 15-week program for individuals who lack a high school diploma or GED. Students are trained for entry-level certifications in the pipefitting field. Brazosport College also offers a nine-week Jumpstart option for those with high school diplomas or GEDs.

All Jumpstart students — both the nine-week and 15-week ATX programs — earn nine college credit hours, a Marketable Skills Award from Brazosport College, an NCCER Core Curriculum Certification and Blue Card, and an NCCER Level 1 Helper Certification in either pipefitting, electrical or millwright upon completion of the program.

For full details or more information, visit www.brazosport.edu/jumpstart or contact Art Longoria at Brazosport College at art.longoria@brazosport.edu.  

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