PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College held a luncheon recently to honor Dow Chemical for the company’s $250,000 donation towards the upcoming Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology.
Dow’s investment will ensure that training and education curriculum in the Center will align with the needs of petrochemical manufacturing employers. The Center will open in fall 2019 and will become the largest petrochemical training facility along the Texas Gulf Coast.
San Jacinto College is a primary source for new-hire operators at Dow’s Deer Park site. As an industry partner and member of the College’s Petrochemical Advisory Council, Dow Deer Park has hired 25 San Jacinto College graduates as operators within the last four years, a number that represents 23 percent of the site’s new-hire operators. Three years ago, Dow also established an apprenticeship program at San Jacinto College, which has resulted in the hiring of process operators and instrument technicians as they complete the program.
“We expect to see a higher than normal level of retirements over the next five plus years; rebuilding our workforce is critical at this time,” said Jeff Garry, operations director for Dow’s Houston Hub. “The need to train and adequately staff our assets will continue to be a pressing concern. As the labor market becomes more competitive for talent, we understand the importance to attract and retain highly skilled and educated workers.”
The 145,000-square-foot Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology will be a facility for industry, by industry, and house programs and training labs in process technology, instrumentation and analyzer technology, electrical, nondestructive testing, and craft trades. The Center will feature an 8,000-square-foot exterior glycol process unit to develop troubleshooting skills for entry, advanced credit students, and incumbent workers. Additional features will include the newest software programming, equipment, and technology; and conference, training, and assembly spaces.
Dow will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to ensure San Jacinto College offers students and instructors the latest technologies as well as best-in-class safety and operating practices. Dow will also utilize the new facility for special occasions for the broader workforce as well.
“As a long-time supporter of our students, Dow continues to play an instrumental role in our workforce training pipeline,” said Jim Griffin, senior vice president of petrochemicals and energy at San Jacinto College. “Their latest contribution toward the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology is one of the many ways Dow has donated time and resources to supporting the success of our students, and in result, the region’s future petrochemical workforce.”
About Dow Chemical Company
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science, and specialty sectors. More information can be found at www.dow.com.
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 served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.
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