ExxonMobil awards scholarships to students for career training in petrochemical
10.22.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
Three San Jacinto College students were selected to receive generous scholarships from ExxonMobil to further their petrochemical training.
Misty Lee, Rebekah Hammond, and Lilian Tran were named recipients of scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,500, for the purpose of pursing an education in the process technology program at San Jacinto College. They were among 30 recipients from local community colleges, as ExxonMobil awarded the scholarships in celebration of the announcement of a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker construction project at its Baytown complex.
For Lee, a single mother who also works part time as a delivery driver, her scholarship of $2,000 fully covered her tuition this semester. It also helped her to decide on earning an associate degree in process technology.
"With this scholarship money, I will be able to go ahead and get an associate degree," said Lee. "I want my degree because I want to eventually become a plant manager. I want the job growth and promotion opportunities."
Lee chose to study process technology at San Jacinto College because of the high job placement rate and referrals from friends who were hired immediately out of the program with lucrative starting salaries.
"I knew this is what I wanted to do," she said. "Besides the great pay, I like the variety of where I can work."
In addition to Lee, Tran received an ExxonMobil scholarship of $2,500, and Hammond received $500.
ExxonMobil is projected to employ approximately 10,000 employees as part of its petrochemical expansion in Baytown. To help fill the demand for skilled workers, the company committed $1 million to the Community College Petrochemical Initiative, a collaboration between nine Texas Gulf Coast community colleges, including San Jacinto College.
"We are grateful to ExxonMobil for helping our students pursue their education in process technology," said Dr. Sarah Janes, vice president of the Continuing and Professional Development division at San Jacinto College. "These scholarships afford them the opportunity to complete their programs, obtain their dream careers, and earn great pay in our growing petrochemical industry."
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.