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School-to-Work

WINTER WELDING CONTEST—January 18th, 2017
Woodville High School FFA, along with Buna High School FFA and ABC-SETX jointly hosted a very successful Winter Welding Contest on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at the ABC Training Center.  One hundred and four (104) Welders from 20 high schools put their skills to the test, and they all performed with flying colors.  It is exciting to see this type of talent at the high school level; it is a testament to the quality instructors that our local schools have employed.  Of course, as always, the event could not have taken place had it not been for the generosity of several Sponsors, and we would like to say thank you for their continued support.  They are as follows:

ABC-SETX Training Center
Coastal Welding Supply, Inc.
Woodville FFA

The Competition Winners are:

1st Place Winner is: Kamrin Frankins 1st place Woodville
2nd Place Winner is: James Kenesson Woodville
3rd Place Winner is: Dillon Helm Buna
4th Place Winner is: Luke Dennard Newton
5th Place Winner is: Chancey Northern Woodville
6th Place Winner is: Marcell Green Burkeville
7th Place Winner is:   Hunter Lane Woodville
8th Place Winner is: Adams Hardin Jefferson
9th Place Winner is: Trent Hall Burkeville
10th Place Winner is: Ethan Viator Hamshire Fannett

We would like to thank Louis Fontenot with Coastal Welding Supply, Inc. for donating the welding supplies and tools that were given to the winners. Lone Star Silversmith for the amazing belt buckles that all 10 students received for placing. We would also like to thank Steven Pellerin with Trinity Industrial for being our guest speaker at this event. All professionals were on hand to answer questions that the students had about the industrial industry and extending their education with Associated Builders and Contractors Training Facility.

A big thanks to the George Pyle and the Woodville High School FFA for cooking the wonderful Bar-B-Q lunch with all the fixings. Lance Mobley with Trinity Industrial was our competition judge; he had a hard job and we greatly thank him for his time and expertise!

Again, thank you Sponsors and Instructors for making this such a successful event. We plan to continue hosting this annual contest.

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WINTER WELDING CONTEST—January 20th, 2016
Woodville High School FFA, along with Buna High School FFA and ABC-SETX jointly hosted a very successful Winter Welding Contest on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at the ABC Training Center.  Approximately sixty (60) Welders from 12 local high schools put their skills to the test, and they all performed with flying colors.  It is exciting to see this type of talent at the high school level; it is a testament to the quality instructors that our local schools have employed.  Of course as always, the event could not have taken place had it not been for the generosity of several Sponsors, and we would like to say thank you for their continued support.  They are as follows:

ABC-SETX Training Center
B&B Cattle Company
Beasley’s Smokehouse
Buna FFA
Coastal Welding Supply, Inc.
Cowboy Industrial
Drago Supply Co., Inc.
Fresh Country Fundraising Company
Hagemeyer
Hatch Construction
Kay Simmons
Legendary Concrete
Woodville FFA

The Competition Winners are:
1st Place Winner is: Drake McAmis of Magnolia West School;
2nd Place Winner is: Jesse Basham of West Hardin High School;
3rd Place Winner is: Marvin Willey of Hardin Jefferson High School;
4th Place Winner is: James Kenesson of Woodville High School;
5th Place Winner is: Austan Wilson of Anahuac High School;
6th Place Winner is: Kamrin Franks of Woodville High School;
7th Place Winner is:  Wesley Oldham of Magnolia West High School;
8th Place Winner is: Lloyd Galvan, Jr. of Anahuac High School;
9th Place Winner is: Bryce Borden of Magnolia West High School;
10th Place Winner is: Darrell Tucker of Woodville High School;
11th Place Winner is: Lane Humble of Buna High School;
12th Place Winner is: Dillon Helm of Buna High School;
13th Place Winner is: Chris Jones of Buna High School;
14th Place Winner is: Justin Gallander of Hardin Jefferson High School;
15th Place Winner is: Ethan Viator of Hamshire-Fannett High School;
16th Place Winner is: Jesse Adkins of Hardin Jefferson High School;
17th Place Winner is: Froglan Segura of Lumberton High School;
18th Place Winner is: Kentarian Adams of Burkeville High School;
19th Place Winner is: Trent Hall of Burkeville High School;
20th Place Winner is: Marcell Green of Burkeville High School;

We would like to thank Cindy Lindsay with Coastal Welding Supply, Inc. for coordinating Channel 12 News to cover the event, and interview the students and instructors. We would also like to thank Matt Bollenbacher with Blue Arc Welding for judging the competition, and Wesley Dobek, with Stanley Black & Decker/DeWalt for coming out to display some tools and equipment.
We also want to thank J. Jones with The Harris Products Group and Greg Srader with ESAB Welding & Cutting Products for being on-hand, and allowing students to participate in cutting competitions. The Harris Products Group timed students i) cutting out a 1-inch hole in a piece of plate; and ii) then cutting at a 3-inch angle on the line drawn using propylene oxygen.  ESAB timed students while cutting a 4-inch H beam that was marked using oxy-acetylene.
The Winners of the ESAB and Harris contests were: Garret Shelton of Magnolia West High School and Chase Spradley of Newton High School.

Also, a big thank you to Bill England with Miller Electric Mfg. Co. for being our guest speaker during lunch.  He spoke about the various fields they can follow in the Welding profession.  Additionally, Myron Laurent and Barbara Jones with Fluor both spoke to the students on what is required of them to work in the petro-chemical Industry.  We also appreciated some other contractors who came and out interacted with the students:  Smokey Miller with Mason Construction; Demp Suchanek with Performance Contractors; Chris Padilla and Hector Ochoa with Maintenance Enterprises; and Leroy Fagg with Larco Industries, Inc.      

Again, thank you Sponsors and Instructors for making this such a successful event. We hope to continue hosting this annual contest!

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2015 Work Readiness Fair

On Wednesday, May 6th, approximately 100 students from area high schools attended our “2nd Annual High School Work Readiness Fair” at ABC. This was the brainchild of one of our board members, Louis Fontenot of Coastal Welding Supply. He, along with several high school Ag-Mechanics Instructors had the idea of connecting graduating seniors with some of our local contractor and supplier members. The students were given pertinent information on how to make application with a company, interviewing tips, as well as insight into the various H.R. requirements of the petro-chemical industry. Several of our members had booths and met with the students individually throughout the morning, as well as spoke to all the attendees during lunch. We also had Megan Davenport with ISTC speak about the various services they offer (i.e., testing, safety badging, background and drug screens).



We want to recognize and give a special "Thank You" to the following companies for their participation in making this Career Fair such a great success:



APAC -Texas
Brock Services, Ltd.
Coastal Welding Supply, Inc.
Cust-O-Fab
Donovan Industrial
EXCEL Group
ISC Constructors, LLC
ISTC
Mason Construction
Performance Contractors, Inc.
STI Group; Trinity Industrial Services, LLC
Trinity Industrial
Triple "S" Industrial Corp.
Turner Industries Group, LLC
Zachry 

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WINTER WELDING CONTEST—January 21st, 2015
Woodville High School, along with Buna High School FFA and ABC-SETX jointly hosted a very successful Winter Welding Contest on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at the ABC Training Center.  Approximately eighty (80) Welders from 18 local high schools put their skills to the test, and they all performed with flying colors.  It is exciting to see this type of talent at the high school level; it is a testament to the quality instructors that our local schools have employed.  Of course as always, the event could not have taken place had it not been for the generosity of several Sponsors, and we would like to say thank you for their continued support.  They are as follows:


ABC-SETX
Buna FFA
Coastal Welding Supply, Inc.
Drago Supply Co., Inc.
Fresh Country Fundraising Company
Lincoln Electric
Mead Westvaco
Riverstar Farms Fundraising
Seitz Fundraising
   
The Competition Winners are:
1st Place Winner is: Jonathon Appleby of Buna High School;
2nd Place Winner is: Austin Farr of West Hardin High School;
3rd Place Winner is: Jessie Basham of West Hardin High School;
4th Place Winner is: Cameron Frankins of Woodville High School;
5th Place Winner is: Joseph Willis of Hardin-Jefferson High School;
6th Place Winner is: Matt Craft of Silsbee High School;
7th Place Winner is:  Kyle Dennard of Newton High School;
8th Place Winner is: Marcus Frankins of Woodville High School;
9th Place Winner is: Seth Cammack of Hardin-Jefferson High School;
10th Place Winner is: Kyle Deleon of Hardin-Jefferson High School;
11th Place Winner is: Brandon Payne of Silsbee High School;
12th Place Winner is: Kevin Otero-Hernandez of Bridge City High School;
13th Place Winner is: Jake Moore of Hardin Jefferson High School;
14th Place Winner is: Lane Humble of Buna High School;
15th Place Winner is: Chase Evans of Burkeville High School;
16th Place Winner is: Jason Hawthorne of Buna High School;
17th Place Winner is: Aubrey Davis of Buna High School;
18th Place Winner is: Adam Johnson of Buna High School;
19th Place Winner is: Jason Malone of Newton High School;
20th Place Winner is: Dillion Helm of Buna High School;

We would also like to thank William Zima, with Lincoln Electric, for coming in to show the instructors and students how to work our new welding simulators. Everyone was very excited to try them out!   

Again, thank you Sponsors and Instructors for making this such a successful event. We hope to continue hosting this annual contest!

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DONALD T. BOUMANS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP TO WOODVILLE HIGH SCHOOL DONATION

On Thursday, August 15th, 2013, Associated Builders and Contractors of Southeast Texas (ABC), through the generosity of the Donald T. Boumans Foundation, presented Woodville High School with a $6000.00 donation for their Welding program. There were many items and consumables the welding instructor, George Pyle, needed to start his new school year teaching at Woodville High School, and ABC was able to purchase those requested items from Coastal Welding Supply through that scholarship. ABC was one of the first entities awarded money from this foundation, which in turn allowed Woodville High School to receive purchases made through its School-to-Work program.

The Donald T. Boumans Foundation is a charitable foundation established in memory of Don Boumans, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle Business Roundtable, who passed away on July 10th, 2011. His legacy lives on by helping support young people in careers in the petro-chemical industry in Southeast Texas through educational scholarships and other charitable funding.

For more information about this foundation, or to make a contribution, visit: dtbfoundation.org.

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Left to Right: Mike Roebuck-Echo Maintenance, Foundation Chair; George Pyle-Woodville High School, Welding Instructor; Glenn Conner-Woodville Independent School District, Superintendent; Kimberly Bernard-ABC, Director of Education; Patty Collins-ISTC, VP-Operations; and Louis Fontenot-Coastal Welding. Seated: Courtney Johnson-ABC, School-to-Work Coordinator; and Reagan Ivey, Woodville High School, Ag Instructor.




ABC’s Pipefitting and Welding students construct new Football Goal Posts for High Island High School.  The school’s goal posts were damaged from Hurricane Ike.
 

 


School-to-Work Partnerships with Region V High Schools

In Southeast Texas’ the petro-chemical industry is experiencing unprecedented growth, many are calling it the “Second Spindletop”, and with this growth, comes opportunities for our young people to get great paying jobs!  Therefore, through the dedication, financial support, and direction of the Associated Builders & Contractors Construction Training Center’s (“ABC-CTC”) Board of Trustees, as well as the many petro-chemical facilities located throughout Southeast Texas, monies have been budgeted to help fund and assist the approximately 30 high school Vo-Tech programs in the Region V Educational System.  “Build it, they will Come.  Train them, they will Stay”.

ABC-CTC’s goal is to have high school graduates leave school with approx. 1-2 years NCCER craft training and certification.  These various School-to-Work programs have been well received, especially since it’s at no cost to the school districts and offers students additional credentials and skills.  By implementing new industrial craft training programs in the high schools (i.e., Pipefitting, Welding, Carpentry, Scaffold Builder, Electrical, Millwright and Core), ABC-CTC is not only helping give the graduates an edge on their employability, but is also insuring that Southeast Texas will have a trained workforce to maintain these petro-chemical facilities for years to come.  Young people will be able to enter the workforce above the normal entry level position, and continue their education at night, at the ABC-CTC located at 2700 North Twin City Highway in Nederland, Texas. 

To accomplish this goal, ABC-CTC’s commitment is to provide each school with the needed educational materials (i.e., NCCER textbooks, shop tools, hand tools, materials and consumables).  ABC-CTC has also hired a School-to-Work Coordinator to monitor and oversee each of the schools on a routine basis throughout the school year.  The Coordinator will not only consult and assist the teachers with the program, but he’ll also be a liaison between ABC, the contractors and industry.  Additionally, as in years past, ABC-CTC will continue to, i) participate in career fairs and seminars; ii) host welding competitions for the Vo-Tech programs; and iii) offer scholarships to qualified high school graduates to attend ABC-CTC.  For more information contact Courtney Johnson, STW Coordinator at (409) 724-7886 ext. 105 or cjohnson@abcsetx.org.

 

 

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