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Fifth Day of Mayor's Brazilian Trade Mission Yields 6th Agreement



March 29, 2012 -- Mayor Annise Parker and Lone Star College System (LSCS) Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter today signed another Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Brazil.  This is the third MOU involving LSCS during this trade mission.


The agreement outlines a partnership between Lone Star College and the Instituto Brasileiro de Petroleo, (IBP) Brazil’s Institute of Petroleum to further opportunities in training oil and gas workers.


IBP brings together nearly 200 companies in the oil, gas, petrochemical and biofuel industries and its mission is to boost industry development nationally in Brazil. The institute members share issues – and potential solutions – and it provides primary training for oil and gas workers employed with PETROBRAS, Inc., Brazil’s national oil company, and other Brazilian companies involved in the country’s deep-water drilling.


In addition, U.S. oil and gas companies are intensifying their training and development efforts to better staff their operations off the coast of Brazil. "Lone Star College has create the model for others to follow," said Mayor Parker.  "Their expertise will help Brazilian businesses function more effectively, not only for the benefit of the industry today, but also the industry of tomorrow."

“Lone Star College is equipped to deliver the training to help these companies prepare the workers for the jobs that already exist,” said Dr. Carpenter. “We have tested curriculum and training experts in place. Our plan is to fine-tune what we do well in Houston to better target the specialized deep-sea drilling efforts in Brazil.” 


Under this agreement, future training efforts with IBP could include exchange of instructors and other resources, which will be funded by the Brazilian entities.  The program includes Brazilian trainers traveling to Lone Star College to facilitate "training the trainers."



This is the third MOU established in Brazil by Lone Star College in the last two days. Yesterday Dr. Carpenter signed two agreements – one partnered LSCS with PANGEA, The Houston Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, and Escola Politécnica da UFRJ (“POLI”), one of Brazil’s top public universities; and the second MOU is partnering the Brazilian company, Centro de Excelência em EPC, (The Center for Excellence in Engineering Procurement and Construction), with Lone Star College and PANGEA to develop relationships with PETROBRAS and other Brazilian companies to train deep-water drilling personnel.


Dr. Carpenter has joined Mayor Parker on this trade mission, which is being organized and funded by the Greater Houston Partnership with the support of the Brazil Texas Chamber of Commerce. This mission is focused on providing access, opportunity and information to Brazil, South America's largest and most dynamic economy and a leading Houston trade partner. The trip includes high-level visits with government, industry and business leaders in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.


With 75,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000 which includes trainees from the customized corporate training classes, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit