BASF internships provide real-world experience for River Parishes Community College students

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
River Parishes Community College (RPCC) students who completed an internship with BASF, from left, Chad Wascom of Hammond, Fredrick Wallace of Prairieville, Kelly Peltier of Pontchatoula, and Jake Boriel of Saint Amant. Not pictured is Steve Nguyen of Gonzales.

GEISMAR – Five students from River Parishes Community College (RPCC) in Burnside, Louisiana, recently earned college credits towards a degree in process technology while gaining hands-on work experience at BASF's site in Geismar, Louisiana.

The internship program is part of BASF’s broader workforce development efforts designed to expose students to chemical manufacturing careers and help grow the talent pipeline.

“BASF is growing and investing in North America, specifically the Gulf Coast region, and we have a strong need to retain and grow our skilled technical workforce,” said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager of the BASF site in Geismar. “Our internship program with RPCC helps students gain valuable real-world experience while learning more about BASF in the process.”

Jake Boriel of Saint Amant, Steve Nguyen of Gonzales, Kelly Peltier of Pontchatoula, Frederick Wallace of Prairieville and Chad Wascom of Hammond, all participated in the internship program. Four of these students have already secured a full-time position with BASF.

"We appreciate that BASF offers internship opportunities to our students," said Dale Doty, Ph.D., Chancellor of River Parishes Community College. "The program provides invaluable experience with day-to-day realities of the workplace. RPCC faculty also gain immediate feedback from our industry partners on our program changes or improvements needed so that we're producing work-ready graduates."

Last year, BASF donated $100,000 to RPCC to help fund construction of an Advanced Technology Training Center on the school's new campus in Gonzales. The campus was established to strengthen workforce development in Ascension Parish and the surrounding area.

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