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West Oso students prepping for industry careers get a hand with safety

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Students at West Oso High School received a big donation today to help them out in the classroom and it's all about safety.

LyondellBasell's Corpus Christi complex donated safety equipment to West Oso's Early College High School, including hard hats, gloves, safety goggles and other safety tools.

Now in the hands of students, those tools will be used to teach process operating procedures and safety. For anyone entering industrial, scientific, or chemical fields, safety equipment is not an option, it's a requirement. That includes the folks over at LyondellBasell, who hope the safe practices learned in school will carry over for those that choose to pursue local industrial careers.

"For us, it's a win-win situation," explained Peggy Felchak, human resource manager with LyondellBasell. "Not only are we able to give back, but then there is the potential that there will be employment opportunities that we hopefully will be able to provide for the local area."

The new process technology program that the donations are on the way to prepares juniors, and seniors for careers in the refining and manufacturing industries, both of which are on the rise in the Coastal Bend.

LyondellBasell will also provide guest speakers and host plant tours to support the school's new program.

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