Praxair Inc. announced plans Friday to continue supporting a welder training program in 2016 through the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, which is about to graduate 100 welders.

Originally announced in August 2014, the “Skills Pipeline” program was provided more than $300,000 by Praxair’s gobal giving program to train up to 100 welders this year in an accelerated one-year curriculum through Baton Rouge Community College, Delgado Community College in New Orleans and SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles.

Support of a second phase of the Skills Program will lift Praxair’s contribution to more than $500,000 for welder training.

“This collaboration to help develop a skilled workforce is critical to Praxair, our customers and Louisiana and we are proud to celebrate with our graduates who have worked so hard over the past year to develop and hone their craft,” said Anne Roby, senior vice president at Praxair.