TEDA TPCO America Corporation’s Donation Serving As Training Resource for Metallurgic Majors
Article by: Melinda Eddleman
On Sept. 13, TEDA TPCO America Corporation (TPCO America) provided a gift to Del Mar College (DMC) students majoring in metallurgic fields, such as Welding Technology and Nondestructive Testing Technology, that they’ll use to refine their skills as they prepare for the Texas Coastal Bend’s workforce. TPCO American’s Gregory, Texas-based plant, which produces seamless steel pipe, delivered 58 metric tons of pipe to the College’s West Campus that will now be used as a training resource.
The donation to Del Mar’s programs is valued at nearly $70,000 and includes 139 pieces of seamless steel pipe.
The gift is the second donation of pipe that TPCO America has given to the College. In December 2015, the corporation donated 30 metric tons of pipe to the College with another 30 metric tons also donated to the Craft Training Center and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The estimated value at that time for the total 60 metric tons of seamless steel pipe was $70,000.
The College’s partnership with TPCO America began in 2013 with the award of a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills Development Fund grant totaling $117,223 (Phase I) to cover customized training through DMC Workforce Programs and Corporate Services for 74 new workers in pipe manufacturing. Those funds also enabled employees to acquire the specific skills needed for plant operations––including pipe loaders, operators, technicians and managers.
DMC Workforce Programs and Corporate Services also received a second TWC Skills Development Fund grant in 2017 for $161,997 to train another 84 TPCO employees.
View remarks about TPCO America’s donation by Charles McKinny, Dean of the Technology, Industrial and Public Safety Education Division in the video below:
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