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Voestalpine Texas Donates $50,000 to San Pat Co. School

Celebrating the $50,000 donation from Voestalpine Texas on May 1 were Paul Clore, Ph.D., superintendent of Gregory-Portland Independent School District (left); Trent Svadlenak and Joe Sauceda, Gregory-Portland High School process technology students; Stefan Einfalt, chief executive officer of Voestalpine Texas; and Mark Escamilla, Ph.D., preside

Gregory-Portland High School students interested in process technology will soon get $50,000 in new training equipment. Voestalpine Texas, an international steel company, announced it donated the money to help prepare students for careers in local industries.

“This gift from Voestalpine Texas ensures that students in San Patricio County are learning process technology skills with the best possible equipment,” said Lenora Keas, Del Mar College vice president of Workforce Development and Strategic Initiatives. “This equipment makes Gregory-Portland’s Process Technology program one-of-a-kind among high schools in the Coastal Bend.”

The training programs are offered through the college to students in San Patricio County high schools. Nearly 1,000 students have enrolled in DMC dual-credit courses in the county this year. Skills learned help qualify applicants for jobs at local refineries, petrochemical facilities, and manufacturing plants.

“Skilled labor is a vital part of our success, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with Del Mar and the school district,” said Stefan Einfalt, chief executive officer of Voestalpine Texas

Equipment purchased includes a distillation tower that simulates the process used at refineries to turn crude oil into propane, gasoline, diesel, and kerosene and a flow skid trainer used to simulate inside/outside operator communication when opening and closing process flow. A lockout/tagout trainer teaches how to safely shut down equipment for maintenance and other purposes.

“The equipment funded by this donation will be used for many years,” said Paul Clore, Ph.D., superintendent of Gregory-Portland Independent School District. “It will support our needs for students who are being served today as well as those who will be served by the expansion of programs when we have a dedicated training center at this campus.”

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