Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College vice chancellor, strategic initiatives; Veronica Cortes, CCPI scholarship recipient and San Jacinto College process technology student; Woody Paul, plant manager for Baytown Olefins Plant; Victavia Owens, CCPI scholarship recipient and San Jacinto College process technology student; Jose Arias, CCPI scholarship recipient and San Jacinto College process technology student; and Martin Crichlow, San Jacinto College recruiter. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing,public relations and government affairs department.
San Jacinto College process technology student Victavia Owens said she’s aware of the need for more women in process technology, and with the help of a scholarship from ExxonMobil she’s well on her way to help meet that need.
"Working in process technology provides great opportunity for women," said Owens, who previously attended college and is coming back for a career change. "You can really move up in this field."
Thanks to ExxonMobil, $45,000 in scholarships were recently presented to 34 selected students from across the nine community colleges that make up the Texas Gulf Coast Consortium of Community Colleges and the Community College Petrochemical Initiative, now in its fourth year. With the Gulf Coast area petrochemical industry needing more than 50,000 new workers within the decade, CCPI has spread the word across the region that typical salaries in this expanding industry average nearly $100,000 and opportunities are available with those who possess the necessary skills.
"I started taking dual credit courses in process technology during my junior year of high school, and that’s what really inspired me to continue studies in this program at Brazosport College," said scholarship recipient Patrick Haynes. "I love learning about the different processes, and I really love the pay. I heard it’s really good."
ExxonMobil Chemical Company Senior Vice President Matt Aguiar congratulated the students and spoke to why ExxonMobil continues to invest in the program.
"We continue to see great progress as these colleges educate, train and develop candidates to fill the increasing number of jobs in the petrochemical industry," Aguiar said. "Because of the ongoing success, I’m proud to announce that ExxonMobil is providing another $300,000 for this important training program."
ExxonMobil has contributed more than $1.8 million toward training skilled new workers. This is the third consecutive year that the initiative and ExxonMobil have brought together new recipients to present scholarships and encourage them in their educational pursuits.
The following are the 2016 CCPI scholarship recipients of ExxonMobil scholarships:
* Alvin Community College: Jaecen Foytik, Andrew Flores, Mandi McLemore, Clarence Johnson
* Brazosport College: Rigoberto Cardenas, Patrick Haynes, Zackary Nieto, Yolanda Richo, Hong To
* College of the Mainland: Brandon Abshier, Richard Ahamba, Louis Maldonado, Cristina Tobias
* Galveston College: Zachary Davis, Jacob Mares, Fabian Urias
* Houston Community College: Cajetan Nwachukwu
* Lee College: Ellis Dorrance, Marisela Morales, Camrin Lynn, Gerardo Palominos, Estaban Sanchez
* Lone Star College: Benjamin A. Brown, Douglas Bragg, Baleriano V. Perez
* San Jacinto College: Robert Aquilera, Jose Arias, Veronica Cortes, Victavia Owens, Nghi Nguyen
* Wharton County Junior College: Al’lon Jones, Carl Jones, Johnathan Klotz, Rocio Salazar Yepez