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HOUSTON (June 17, 2011) — Chevron made a $35,000 contribution to the NACE Foundation which will be used towards the cost of corrosion control training and certification for dozens of U.S. veterans. As unemployment for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan soars above the national average, companies like Chevron, U.S. Steel, Carboline Co., Colonial Pipeline Co., and others have stepped forward to support free services, like the NACE Workforce Development Program, which provide veterans long-term career opportunities.
In addition to financial resources, Chevron is working with the NACE Foundation to provide mentors and career opportunities for the candidates who complete the training. “We are looking forward to partnering with the NACE Foundation on this program and benefitting from the veterans that come through the program,” said Karen DeBose, Organizational Capability Manager for Chevron.
While other employment sectors shrink, demand for professionals with NACE certification grows, especially as the nation’s infrastructure deteriorates and increased natural-gas production requires more manpower. “Corrosion is a problem our nation faces every day at a significant financial cost to each individual American,” said NACE Executive Director Bob Chalker. “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.”
The NACE Foundation’s Workforce Development Program provides comprehensive education in the basics of corrosion, and certifications that lead to stable jobs with competitive salaries. The program includes one-on-one mentor matching for each participating veteran, thorough training, and assistance with job placement once training is complete. Veterans do not need to have prior experience with corrosion-related occupations, but a basic understanding of science and chemistry is recommended.
Veterans who are interested in learning more about the program or who would like to apply can visit www.nace-foundation.org or call 281-228-6205.
NACE International, The Corrosion Society, based in Houston, Texas, has 26,000 members in 110 countries. It is recognized worldwide as the largest professional association dedicated to protecting people, assets, and the environment from the impact of corrosion. Founded in 1943, NACE International offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, and software to prevent and mitigate corrosion