About Pitzer Family Educational Foundation (PFEF)

The Pitzer Family Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that provides educational opportunities for at-risk young adults 18–27 years old who have a parent incarcerated or on parole.

By providing the possibility of a better future through education, including academics, financial, legal, and social success, we can empower these young men and women to change their lives.  Our goal is to promote “Education versus Incarceration”.

Pitzer Family Education Foundation – provides educational opportunities for individuals released from prison in the Southeast Texas community by providing financial aid for parolees’ enrollment to Associated Builders and Contractors-ABC Training Academy in Nederland, Texas. These parolees have an opportunity to obtain a trade certificate in welding, core safety, instrumentation, scaffold builder, industrial carpentry, electrical and pipefitting.


This program allows us to offer classes to ex-offenders returning to the community who are interested in making a difference in their lives.  PFEF and Austin Community College (ACE Grant Program), pay the student’s tuition at the ABC Training Academy and all we require from the student is to graduate from the trade certificate course.

Qualified applicants can sign up for the following ABC Training Academy courses:

Welding – 6 semesters (1 1/2 years), Core Safety – 1 semester (10 weeks), Instrumentation – 12 semesters (3 years), Scaffold Builder – 1 semester (10 weeks), Industrial Carpentry – 3 semesters (3/4 year), Electrical – 12 semesters (3 years) and Pipefitting – 12 semesters (3 years).

Applicants can fill out the ABC application and Letter of Commitment forms at our office (6545 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX 77706), or download the application from this website then report to our office first, then ABC Training Academy (2700 North Twin City Highway, Nederland, TX 77627), to complete the enrollment process.

PFEF office: (409) 861-2536 contact: Marsha Pitzer-Rivera.
ABC Training Academy office: (409) 724-7886 contact: Kenneth Wahl.