BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On Tuesday, Jan. 22, 40 students with the North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative (NBRITI) graduated.
The 15 electrical, 13 pipefitting, and 12 welding students received their National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core, Level I, and Level II certifications. The graduates are primarily from the north Baton Rouge area.
“It’s comforting. It’s good know I’m walking into this trade with a little background, a little book background,” said Travonte Antoine, one of the graduates.
“Our partnership has been a springboard for workforce educational opportunities in north Baton Rouge, as well as the entire region. ExxonMobil’s continued commitment to bring together business and industry, education institutions, and the community is the model of corporate citizenship,” said Baton Rouge Community College Chancellor Larissa Steib.
The program is working with partners to place all graduates in full-time positions in their respective fields.
“For the past seven years, NBRITI has succeeded in providing students with the power to transform their lives and the lives of their families. We could not be more pleased with the progress of NBRITI and the determination of these 40 graduates. We are proud to be part of such a true collaborative effort that is good for both north Baton Rouge and our industry,” said ExxonMobil Refinery Manager Gloria Moncada.
The program, now in its fourth year, continues to expand. With the addition of a millwright track, the program was able to pick 200 students to join its fifth class. The program reports a record-breaking 800 people applied for the fifth training class. BRCC plans to offer reduced-cost classes to those not accepted to NBRITI.
The NBRITI program was first launched in 2012 to help better connect the community to industry jobs.