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Daryl Dauer, Operations Manager for Brazosport Safety Council, leads a group of Brazosport High School CTE Students on a tour of the Safety Council facility.  Students see the onboarding process used daily in the petrochemical industry.

2020 CTE Signing Day

Signing Day for the All Stars of Career & Technical Education (CTE)

In spite of the most challenging work and learning environment in the last century, students, their families and representatives from the local petrochemical industry made visible commitments to each other and the community at the Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) Workforce Development Committee’s second annual career signing day on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Congratulations to those who were selected and signed.  Ethan Baltazar and Edward Sablatura also received the 2020 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Scholarship to continue their craft training at Brazosport College. 

The training and education each signee receives cost less than a four-year college degree. At the end, each will be on track to lifelong careers in the petrochemical manufacturing industry. In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, the second signing day event demonstrated the industry’s long-term commitment to Brazoria County. Thanks to the BCPC and industry partners including ABC, The Alliance, Alvin Community College, BASF, BISD, Brazosport College, ChevronPhillips, Dow, Texas Workforce Commission, Turner Industries, Wood Group, Zachry, and others for their collaborative efforts that result in making Brazoria County an even better place to live and work.  

2020 Scholarships Awarded

While many high school seniors have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, ABC has made it a little better for some graduates.  

On May 1, 2020, ABC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter awarded scholarships to nine students of five Brazoria County High Schools.  These students included:

  • Bailey Benge and Mark Sauceda of Angleton High School 
  • Gustavo DeLaCruz and Anthony Laird of Brazosport High School
  • Edward "Trey" Sablatura and Juan Torres of Brazoswood High School
  • Gabriela Cano and Cody Garrison of Sweeny High School
  • James Fritz of Manvel High School

All students are currently enrolled in Career & Technical Education classes and are interested in pursuing a career in the local petrochemical construction industry.  They will also participate in the Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) Signing Day event, which may result in employment with a participating company.

Congratulations to these students for completing this milestone, and for committing to the next steps of continuing their education while they work under the mentorship of a sponsoring company.  This proven approach accelerates a path from apprenticeship to journeyman by as much as two years when formal education is paired with on the job learning and mentorship.  

Their ABC Scholarships will fund construction courses at Brazosport College as they begin on their career paths.  This collaborative effort places deserving students in well-paying careers, and provides a highly skilled workforce that sustains local industry.


Joseph Patterson of McGill Maintenance Wins Bronze at National Craft Championship in March

ABC and MSTI are pleased to announce that Joseph Patterson of McGill Maintenance won the Bronze Medal at the ABC National Craft Championships held in March 2019 in Long Beach, California.  We are excited to have yet another Millwright competitor to represent ABC and MSTI and the exceptional training program at Brazosport College.

Mr. Patterson prepared for both hands-on and written exams for the competition with coaching from some of our past medal winners.  The winning tradition continues with Joseph being the 26th candidate from this program to bring home a medal.

Congratulations to Joseph, his instructors at Brazosport College, his mentors, training coordinators and co-workers at McGill Maintenance, and his family and friends.  Each of you are part of this big accomplishment!