Lake Providence - Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) Lake Providence Campus has announced the company Epic Piping is investing in the welding program.
Epic Piping presented starter tools for students who may be challenged in purchasing their own. Jamie Hankins, the welding instructor, shared, “some students won’t enroll if they can’t afford the tools, so this really means a lot.”
Epic Piping also donated welding materials. Epic representatives onsite for the presentation included Adam Gerace, Kelly Garrido, Kevin Cooper, and Kelvin Jackson. Dual-enrollment students from General Trass and Oak Grove High Schools, Ruthie Austin, Secondary Supervisor for East Carroll Parish School System, Kristel Webb, Instructional Support Supervisor, and Lake Providence Mayor Jerry Bell were also among attendees.
“Epic Piping has been a great partner with LDCC and provides the Lake Providence community with high wage, high skill jobs, says Scott Cox, campus director. These donations of equipment and materials help our campus continue to provide highly trained workers for Epic at the Lake Providence location. Our welding instructor, Hankins, initially assisted Epic staff members to test potential employees at the Lake Providence Campus. We look forward to continuing this great relationship.”
“Our goal is to put people to work," expressed Chancellor Randy Esters of LDCC. "The complete pathway is represented from our K-12 partners to LDCC and then to industry, to secure high-paying jobs such as those offered by Epic.”
The Lake Providence Epic Piping shop is being upgraded with more equipment into that shop.
“Now we want to invest in the people as we have since day one," Epic Piping Director of Operations for Kelly Garrido said. Garrido encouraged the welding students to stick with the program. “You have a bright future ahead of you,” remarked Garrido.
Partnerships between community colleges and business and industry continue to be a critical component of economically thriving communities, LDCC officials said, adding LDCC is proud of its partnership with Epic Piping.