Chemical giant BASF has donated $100,000 to River Parishes Community College to support the construction of an Advanced Technology Center on the school’s new campus in Burnside.

The center will strengthen workforce development for Ascension Parish and the surrounding area.

BASF said it will work closely with the college to design the new facility and develop job training programs for key chemical plant positions, such as process operators, supervisors, instrumentation and electrical technicians, and laboratory technicians. BASF will also donate surplus equipment for a process equipment training area, which will allow instructors to simulate chemical plant operations and create more realistic training scenarios for students.

“BASF is joining forces with RPCC to provide highly focused job training resources to meet the needs of Louisiana’s growing chemical industry,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and general manager of the BASF site in Geismar. “We look forward to working with River Parishes Community College to establish a state-of-the-art training center that will produce benefits for BASF, our communities and aspiring professionals in our industry.”