Bank of America continues to support College’s energy internship program: Energy Education and Career Corps program has assisted 36 students to date

06.20.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez

The San Jacinto College’s Energy Education and Career Corps (EECC) program, facilitated through the San Jacinto College engineering design graphics (EDG) department, recently received a $20,000 workforce development and education grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Approaching its fourth year, the EECC was developed in 2013 to provide technical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) college students paid real-time workforce training with an energy or energy-related company. Each year, 12 students in the College’s engineering design graphics program are selected to participate in the EECC program, which includes undergoing an internship with a local engineering drafting design firm, financial education training provided by Bank of America and career preparation classes covering job search strategies, employer networking, business etiquette, resume building and career counseling. The grant supports the internship stipends the students receive during their participation in the EECC program. To date, the EECC has seen 36 students complete the program.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for these students since for most, it’s their first job in the drafting profession,” said Mary Ann Blake, San Jacinto College engineering design graphics professor. “The industry partnerships that develop between the employers and the College also create an invaluable perspective on the skills being sought by industry.”

Getting hands-on, real world experience made the program worthwhile to student Juan Carlos Morales. “While working as an estimating and design intern for AHI Supply, I have learned additional skills which have taken me to a new level of experience that I am confident I will apply in a prospective position,” said Morales. “I am looking forward to a brighter future in the drafting industry where I can apply everything I’ve been learning in class and the experience I had in the EECC internship program.”

For EDG student Alan Campos, who graduated this spring, the EECC internship not only helped further his industry experience, but also helped ease some of the financial strain his family is experiencing. “With the current downturn in the oil industry, my employer has cut down our working hours from 40 to 32 hours per week for at least six months,” said Campos. “In February my wife and I became parents to twin boys, so this stipend has helped me cover tuition and some medical bills, which I could not be more grateful for.”

The one-on-one industry training students receive at their internship site remains the greatest advantage to programs like the EECC. Students are given an inside look at industry and employer expectations and the work environment itself, which will become an advantage once they begin their job search or apply to university programs after completing the EDG program.

“For the past four years, Bank of America has supported San Jacinto College’s Energy Education and Career Corps Program to help students acquire the necessary skills to garner energy-related jobs in one of Houston’s largest industries through a combination of expert training, education, support and mentorship,” said Hong Ogle, Bank of America Houston president. “We are committed to San Jacinto College’s mission because we believe that we must arm our students with the right skills training for long-term success and assist in the creation of greater opportunities to foster a strong, capable and diverse workforce in Houston - and San Jacinto College’s efforts are doing just that.” 

For more information on the San Jacinto College engineering design graphics program, visit sanjac.edu/career/engineering-design-graphics-drafting.

Pictured above: Blake Cox, Shela Cox, Taylor Phillips, Juan Carlos Morales, Jacob Rutt, Jose Villarreal, Benito Rodriguez, Pablo Campos, Alejandro Farias, Alan Campos, Mitchell Manyk and Hans Ask. Photo submitted.

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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