Process technology program receives Texas association’s first Award of Excellence
05.13.2016 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
Texas Association of College Technical Educators recognized the program for its exemplary and innovative process technology training
The process technology program at San Jacinto College has been declared as Texas’ best, capturing the very first Award of Excellence by the Texas Association of College Technical Educators (TACTE).
TACTE is a professional organization serving workforce education in Texas community and technical colleges. The San Jacinto College process technology program received the Award of Excellence based on its reputation for preparing process operators for jobs in the largest petrochemical manufacturing area in the United States. The program is ranked second in the nation for process technology graduates and has received visits from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn; U.S. Congressman Gene Green, 29th Congressional District; and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, 15th Congressional District; as well as many additional state and local elected officials.
“This award belongs to everyone whose efforts helped us achieve this level of recognition,” said Joseph Zwiercan, department chair of petrochemical/energy training programs at San Jacinto College. “The TACTE Award of Excellence means our process technology program is recognized as an exemplary and innovative program in the state of Texas.”
San Jacinto College offers both a process technology associate degree and certificate of technology. The program holds strong partnerships throughout the local petrochemical industry, benefitting both students and graduates. The program enjoys a high job placement rate with many students obtaining internships that ultimately result in full-time employment upon graduation. Industry partners serve on the San Jacinto College process technology advisory board and the Chancellor’s Petrochemical Advisory Council. These industry leaders provide input in the development and updating of curriculum to ensure job placement upon graduation. They are also contributing to the design of the new Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology, the first project to be built as a result of the 2015 bond referendum.
“Our process technology program is an industry-driven program,” said Kevin Adams, San Jacinto College process technology program director. “It really is second to none with the goal to deliver exactly what industry needs. We prepare our students to enter lucrative careers in the manufacturing of products, and this is not slowing down as everyone depends on petroleum-derived products.”
The Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology will house the latest instructional labs for the process technology, instrumentation, non-destructive testing, electrical technology and fire protection programs. This facility will provide training that begins with high school dual credit classes, continues through industry certifications and associate degrees, and advances to provide cutting-edge training in partnership with companies that want to upskill their workers.
For more information about San Jacinto College process technology training, visit sanjac.edu/career/process-technology.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.