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Gregory-Portland H.S. receives gift for training equipment for technology classes

Posted at 5:40 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 18:44:34-04

Students who want to compete for jobs in local refineries and the petrochemical industry got a sizeable boost today.

Today, “Voestalpine Texas” donated $50,000 to Gregory-Portland High School.

The money will be used to buy state-of-the-art training equipment for process technology classes on campus.

The classes are offered in partnership with Del Mar College.

“I am very excited about it because it helps me get a visual view in advance in my operations career,” said student Trent Svadlenak. “And with it booming in this area, I’m really looking forward to being part of it.”

Voestalpine employs about 300 people at its iron processing plant in Portland and is looking to hire more in the future.

Additionally, Exxon Mobil and Saudi Basic Industries are planning to build a manufacturing plant in Gregory that is still going through the permitting process.