Shell Pipeline gives EnergyVenture students a glimpse of the pipeline business

07.24.2015 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College EnergyVenture students recently toured the Shell Pipeline Company LP (Shell) Colex facility in Pasadena, Texas to learn about the pipeline business and future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career opportunities in the energy sector.

The tour included information about technical and professional careers in the pipeline business, a discussion about the types of equipment used to keep the pipelines operational, and a panel engagement about careers.

“It’s important to do well in school and get your education," James Lawrence, Shell Pipeline Company LP maintenance technician, told the group of EnergyVenture students. Lawrence also said that focusing on math and science is essential because both are skills used every day on the job. “What many people may not realize is that there are great opportunities for young people in the pipeline business,” he added.

During the tour, EnergyVenture students noticed a variety of factors they found appealing about working in the pipeline business.

"What I noticed about the Shell [facility] visit is that everyone looked like they really enjoyed their jobs," said Isaiah Trevino, 12, EnergyVenture student. "It's a place where I would think about working."

Michael Garcia, 12, another EnergyVenture student, said that the program has made him realize just how important the energy industry is when it comes to the products used daily in households.

"We've learned that [a lot] of things we have are related to the energy industry," said Garcia. "Clothes, hair dyes, and cosmetics are even made from petrochemical products. This has really motivated me to work harder in school and prepare for what's next."

EnergyVenture is a youth program focused on career awareness and job opportunities in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries for middle and high school students. Now in its eighth year, more than 1,300 students have attended the summer camp.

“Typically, young people know about careers in education or the medical field such as a teacher or doctor," said Linda Drobnich, EnergyVenture program director. "This program introduces them to good paying professions in the energy industry, such as engineering, process technology, instrumentation, and maintenance technology.”

Houston offers a variety of energy-related job opportunities. Drobnich noted that a young person can earn an associate or technical degree or a bachelor’s degree, stay close to home, and enter into a lucrative and rewarding career.

The EnergyVenture program is offered through Shell’s Workforce Development Team and San Jacinto College's Continuing and Professional Development division. For more information, visit sanjac.edu/energy-venture-camp or visit Shell’s Energize Your Future website at shell.us/energizeyourfuture.

About the Continuing and Professional Development division
San Jacinto College provides continuing education and training for both current and future employees in the professional and technical job sectors, as well as provides the public with non-credit open enrollment course options to enhance their lives. Professional and technical training is available through contract training, open enrollment, and grant funding. For more information, call 281-476-1838 or visit the Continuing and Professional Development division website.

About Shell Pipeline Company LP
For more than 95 years, Shell Pipeline Company LP has helped meet America’s energy needs. It transports more than 1.5 billion barrels of crude oil and refined products annually through thousands of miles of pipelines located in five states.

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.

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