Workforce Development and Events

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 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 scheduled in August of 2020, 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.

ABCs "Workforce Wednesdays"

ABC Texas Gulf Coast Workforce Development Committee

One of ABCs Strategic Objectives is Workforce Development, often referred to as “Building the People Who Build America”.  
ABC Texas Gulf Coast member companies are invited to participate on our Workforce Development Committee, meeting on “Workforce Wednesdays”.  We know that when we bring our varied expertise and resources together we are stronger as we collaborate to find innovative solutions, proven by many successful years of hosting the Construction Exhibition, Safety Day for Educators, and many other career fairs and workforce development initiatives.
The mission of the Workforce Development Committee is to promote and support the development of a Skilled Construction Workforce through CTE education in public schools, the recruitment, training and certification of adults and veterans into the construction workforce.  
This will be achieved by:
continuing to host the bi-annual Construction Exhibition at Brazosport College (next event in October 2020)
implementing “Adopt-A-High School” programs to connect the resources in the contractor/owner community with CTE program needs, such as guest speakers, service as advisors, as well as tangible materials and/or equipment
utilizing currently defined “common message” techniques to promote careers in construction to targeted audiences using targeted channels
supporting the CTE Signing Day and Veterans Job Fair hosted by the BCPC Workforce Development Committee

Proposed meeting time for the Workforce Development Committee is bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 2:30 pm at ABC Texas Gulf Coast.  Other objectives and events may be supported as approved by the committee to achieve value-added, measurable results.  If you are interested in participating, please email







Mic Comley, Millwright Instructor at Brazosport College and his student Joseph Patterson after receiving the Bronze Medal at the 2019 National Craft Championships in Long Beach, California.



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!