Marathon Petroleum Grant to Enhance Training in Welding and Machining Technology at EPCC
El Paso, Texas March 6, 2019 – A press conference was held to announce a partnership between El Paso Community College (EPCC) and Marathon Petroleum for workforce development. Marathon Petroleum made a grant of $167,000 to EPCC for its Welding and Machining Technology programs housed at it Advanced Technology Center on the Valle Verde campus. This grant will fund the latest equipment to train students in these high-demand fields.
“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.”
Through the grant, EPCC with expand its Welding and Machining Technology programs and offer additional credentials for students to receive advanced certifications. 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.
“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 is focused on growing community partnerships and fostering a culture of excellence to provide a better prepared workforce in our region.
Photo Caption: Check presentation left to right are VJ Smith, Marathon; Billy McClain, Marathon; Dr. Dolores Gross; Dr. William Serrata; Jason Hammer, Marathon.