South Texas Delegation Builds Partnership Northern China - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

South Texas Delegation Builds Partnership Northern China

Posted: Updated:

TIANJIN, China (Kiii News) - Within the next year, a new Chinese steel mill near Gregory will begin producing finished pipe for the domestic oil and gas industry.

Because this is an industry that does not yet exist in South Texas, the plant will initially need hundreds of properly trained workers, and then there will need to be a procedure in place to keep those trained workers coming.

That is why a group of top educators from Corpus Christi, along with Kiii News Anchor Joe Gazin, traveled to China this week.

The idea is to come up with the most efficient means of recruiting and training personnel, taking advantage of our existing colleges and training centers. That was the main purpose of the trip, which included Del Mar College President Mark Escamilla, Craft Training Center President Anne Matula, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Vice President Luis Cifuentes, and Del Mar College's Lenora Keas.

They all went to northern China, where there were opportunities to tour the company's main pipe-making facility in Tianjin, and to share ideas for bringing in the specialized workforce in the most efficient way.

What both sides seem to understand is that there is a real opportunity to get a better understanding of an entirely different culture. While no one underestimates the divides and disagreements, or minimizes the very real financial disputes between our two countries, there does seem to be an experiment underway involving our community in South Texas and the large and respected pipe-making company in northern China.

It is a willingness to put aside the differences and concentrate on the things we have in common; to stress friendship and cooperation and working toward a common goal.

The South Texas delegation is now off to the capital city of Bejing, about two hours from Tianjin by bus, to experience more of the sights and culture of China.

  • Training Aimed At Building Stronger Cases Against Suspected Child Abusers

    Training Aimed At Building Stronger Cases Against Suspected Child Abusers

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:10:34 GMT
    Several dozen professionals are taking part in a two day training seminar put on by the Department Of Family Protective Services. The professionals are learning techniques that will help them make better cases against those suspected of child abuse.More >>
    Several dozen professionals are taking part in a two day training seminar put on by the Department Of Family Protective Services. The professionals are learning techniques that will help them make better cases against those suspected of child abuse.More >>
  • Man Indicted For Fatal Punch

    Man Indicted For Fatal Punch

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:07:27 GMT
    A Nueces County grand jury has indicated a man accused of fatally punching another man at a local strip club in April of this year. The victim later died from his injuries.More >>
    A Nueces County grand jury has indicated a man accused of fatally punching another man at a local strip club in April of this year. The victim later died from his injuries.More >>
  • Minimum Wage - Does it Make Cents?

    Minimum Wage - Does it Make Cents?

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:03:27 GMT
    By executive order, President Obama is increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President hopes to have the private sector follow suit with the pay increase. Meanwhile, the debate continues as to whether the increase would actually help or hinder American workers and our economy.We examine three reasons the increase is good, and three reasons it is not so good in a 3News Special Report: Minimum Wage - Does it Make Cents?More >>
    By executive order, President Obama is increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President hopes to have the private sector follow suit with the pay increase. Meanwhile, the debate continues as to whether the increase would actually help or hinder American workers and our economy.We examine three reasons the increase is good, and three reasons it is not so good in a 3News Special Report: Minimum Wage - Does it Make Cents?More >>