GBRIA Recognizes High Schools and Contractors with Awards for Craft Workforce Development

BATON ROUGE, LA– Sept. 9, 2016: The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Inc. (GBRIA) awarded high schools in addition to announcing winners of its Ninth Annual Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards. GBRIA presented the awards at a banquet on September 8 at Renaissance Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, LA.

Approximately 300 guests attended the event where Ken Bradford, Assistant Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education and Co-leader of Jumpstart, addressed the group about the importance of “jumpstarting” Louisiana’s workforce.

New this year, GBRIA awarded high schools for demonstrating an outstanding job of implementing career and technical education classes related to construction. The following schools received awards in the Division II size; Central High School received an Award of Merit while Live Oak High School received an Award of Excellence. Westgate LLC. Is one of the Sponsors for Live Oak High School through ABC Pelican Chapters Program Partners.  Westgate LLC also nominated Live Oak for this year’s awards.

Next, the awards program recognized industrial construction and maintenance contract companies who invest in workforce development programs that include recruitment, assessment, training, career path development and retention of employees. In the category of Specialty Trade (Hard Craft), in the Division I Size Category, Westgate, LLC. Earned the Award of Excellence.

GBRIA introduced a new award to the Ninth Annual Craft Workforce Development Awards, the Best of Division Award. GBRIA presented this award to a company that ranked best within its division. Westgate, LLC received the Best of Division I Award.

The nominating plants included: Albemarle, Axial/, BASF, CF Industries, The Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil, Georgia Pacific, Motiva Enterprises, Olin, Oxychem Convent, Oxychem Geismar, Shell Chemical and Syngenta