In June of this year, the NACE International Foundation received two sizable donations from Chevron and longtime supporter Carboline. The funds will be used to provide NACE training to returning military veterans through the NACE Foundation’s Workforce Development Program. The program is designed to provide comprehensive education in the basics of corrosion and certifications that lead to stable jobs with competitive salaries.
Carboline’s gift is its second contribution to the program since it launched in 2009. “Carboline is a supporter of the NACE Foundation because we believe in giving back to the industry. The workforce program is just a great opportunity for us, not only to give back to the industry, but to help support our veterans who are returning. That is the big reason why we support this. We believe in it and it is the right thing to do,” says Doug Moore, vice presidentglobal marketing for Carboline.
As unemployment among veterans soars, companies such as Carboline, Chevron, and Colonial Pipeline recognize that support of the Foundation’s program is an effective way to combat the issue, while also helping to infuse trained personnel into the corrosion workforce. “Corrosion is a problem our nation faces every day at a significant financial cost to each individual American. Our Workforce Development Program is designed to open doors to lasting careers in a growing field where veterans’ work can continue to impact the lives of the people they protected while serving at home and abroad,” explains Bob Chalker, executive director for NACE International.
In addition to securing financial resources, the Foundation is looking to form lasting partnerships with companies that can provide mentoring and career opportunities for candidates who complete the training. Karen DeBose, organizational capability manager for Chevron, commented on their newly formed relationship with the Foundation. “We are looking forward to partnering with the NACE Foundation and benefitting from the veterans that come through the program,” she says.
Since 2009, the NACE Foundation has provided training to 42 veterans and offered over 70 NACE training courses at no cost to the participants. Those interested in learning more about this program can visit the NACE Foundation’s Web site: www.nacefoundation.org, or call +1 281-228-6205. (—Heather Lowry)
Originally published in Materials Performance, December 2011