GPISD Welding Students Receive Surprise Delivery

Houston, Texas: Galena Park ISD Career & Technical Education (CTE) Advanced Welding students were surprised to see a truck load of supplies being delivered recently. This is the third donation presented by Barbara Jones of Fluor and Ed Cunningham of AMECO, who began a partnership with the GPISD Career and Technical Education program in the fall of 2013.

The donation from AMECO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fluor, consisted of grinding discs, flat bar carbon steel, plate steel sheets, pipe, electro rods, welding gloves, hood lenses, and TIG gloves valued at $4,741.05.  The donation of the materials will be used to help prepare students across the district to enter the high-demand, high-wage, high-tech field of welding. “The materials from Fluor will allow students to refine their T-Joint and V-groove skills before testing for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification,” said Advanced Welding instructor Damon Starr. With the AWS certification, students will have a credential that is recognized by the construction industry through a national registry database.  Students who earn the nationally recognized credential will have a competitive edge upon entering the construction industry.

After presenting students with supplies, Mrs. Jones encouraged students to consider a career in the construction industry, sharing the plethora of career opportunities Fluor has with projects spanning six continents. Jones shared with students, “Fluor has over 44,000 employees around the globe who work on large-scale projects and we are offering free courses at our new Gulf Coast Craft Training Center in Pasadena, Texas for those of you who would like to begin a career in the construction industry.” Through the Center, Fluor will provide tuition-free, pre-employment training to individuals who want to enter high-demand careers in construction. The Center offers entry-level courses in the electrical, instrumentation, millwright and pipefitting disciplines with advanced training offered in welding. Training is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), providing students with portable, industry-recognized certifications and skills, which will enable them to apply for craft positions in industrial construction throughout the country.

Laura Mann, Director of Career & Technical Education commented, “We value our partnership with Fluor, as Mrs. Jones and her team are committed to our students. In addition to donating supplies, they mentor our students in the classroom, and hold evening meetings with students and parents to inform them of job opportunities. The partnership with Fluor is priceless because they are vested in our program and offer students free craft training upon graduation. This February, Fluor was named by FORTUNE magazine as the top-ranked engineering and construction company in its 2016 World’s Most Admired Companies list. We strive to connect our students with companies that are designated among the top in their industry, as these are sustainable entities students can grow with throughout their career.”



Pictured are Mr. Starr’s Advanced Welding students, Ed Cunningham of AMECO and Dr. Joe Coleman, Principal of North Shore Senior High School (mid-front), Barbara Jones of Fluor, Elizabeth Lalor, Assistant Superintendent of Educational & Academic Support, Dr. Angi Williams, Superintendent of Schools and Advanced Welding Instructor, Joe Gaul (front)






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