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September 9, 2011
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LyondellBasell and Austin Industries Partner with Galena Park ISD
to train tomorrow’s workforce – today

        (GALENA PARK) August 31, 2011 - In a continuing partnership with Galena Park ISD to boost the skilled labor workforce in our local area, LyondellBasell and Austin Industries kicked off the 2011 “Adopt a School” program with a generous donation of welding supplies. The supplies will be shared between Galena Park High School and North Shore Senior High School welding and metal trades programs. However, the partnership provides much more than the industry grade supplies. Over the years, LyondellBasell and Austin Industries have provided guest speakers, career presentations, teacher and student mentoring, shop demonstrations and field trips to the industrial complex site. A helper program was also initiated that provides on the job training and student employment. This partnership ensures that students receive the type of training the industry expects so they will have the knowledge and skills that [are] required to be highly employable. “This has truly been a win - win partnership for everyone, because our students have begun training to be the new generation of workers in the construction industry,” noted Vicki Johnson, Career and Technical Education Director for Galena Park Independent School District.

        While addressing the students and teachers, Todd Monette, LyondellBasell Houston Site Manager, said “This program is about opening doors... we need good people.” With a difficult economy and educational budget cuts, this program could be a shining example of a new way schools and businesses forge a path to success in the future.


Representatives from LyondellBasell and Austin Industries stand with GPISD staff after solidifying their partnership of training “tomorrow’s workforce - today.” (Pictured l/r): Damon Starr - Metal Technology Instructor; Joe Gomez - Austin Industrial Superintendent; Ricky Cox - Metal Technology Instructor; Isabel Rios - Austin Industrial Office Manager; Doug Cutsinger - First Line Maintenance Supervisor; Anna Diaz - Service Contract Administrator; Maggie Sosa - Business Analyst; Todd Monette - Houston Site Manager; Scott Brock - Maintenance Planner; Bruce Grissom - Maintenance Manager; Tony Gardea - Principal, Galena Park High School; and Miguel Jones - Operations Maintenance Coordinator.


Representatives from LyondellBasell and Austin Industries look over some of the materials donated to Galena Park ISD Metal Technology programs. (Pictured l/r): Miguel Jones; Joe Gomez; Doug Cutsinger; Scott Brock; Maggie Sosa; and Isabel Rios.


Osvaldo Perret, Galena Park High School metal technology student, works with new welding equipment donated by LyondellBasell and Austin Industries for a workforce training partnership with Galena Park ISD. (photo by Paul Johnson - Galena Park High School)