On Wednesday, officials with El Paso Community College (EPCC) and Marathon Petroleum announced a new partnership between the two organizations for workforce development.
In addition to the new partnership, Marathon Petroleum presented EPCC officials with a $167,000 grant, that will go to support Welding and Machining Technology programs housed at it Advanced Technology Center on the Valle Verde campus.
“Education and ongoing training are required for today’s workers and the success of our community,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “EPCC fills a vital role for our region’s employers to ensure that their employees have the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.”
With the grant, EPCC will expand its Welding and Machining Technology programs, offer additional credentials for students to receive advanced certifications and fund the latest equipment to train students in these high-demand fields.
“At Marathon Petroleum, we value the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and are committed to collaborating with our stakeholders to create cleaner, safer, well-educated communities where we operate,” Billy McClain, Marathon Petroleum Vice President of Refining said.
“One way we believe we can make a difference is to invest in initiatives that better prepare career/technical education (CTE) students for professional and academic success by increasing access to high-quality educational resources and instruction. We are pleased to partner with El Paso Community College toward this objective.”
EPCC officials added, “Certified graduates will also expand the skill base of our regional workforce, by being prepared for work with training in the professionalism and safety required in modern industry.”