San Jacinto College joins ExxonMobil Community College Petrochemical Initiative at Houston Rodeo
03.06.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren
San Jacinto College joins ExxonMobil Community College Petrochemical Initiative at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
HOUSTON — The nine community colleges of the upper Texas Gulf Coast will have a major presence at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 4-23 at Reliant Park.
Representatives from each college will be located at the ExxonMobil Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) exhibit in the foyer of Reliant Center, between Halls A and B, ready to discuss job and career opportunities in the petrochemical and construction trades fields — and how to prepare for them.
The nine community colleges include Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and Wharton County Junior College. Each is a member of the initiative, created through a grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation to help colleges find and train the next generation of skilled workers for the petrochemical industry.
“We are excited about this opportunity at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” said Dr. Sallie Kay Janes, vice president of the San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development division, and member of the ExxonMobil CCPI Steering Committee. “Rodeo officials are telling us that all attendance indicators predict a record attendance at this year’s rodeo. Our hope is to have thousands of meaningful conversations with individuals interested in stable, well-paying and challenging jobs in the petrochemical industry.”
According to industry sources, petrochemical plants along the Texas Gulf Coast are spending more than $35 billion to expand facilities over the next decade. Those expansions, along with the retirement of existing workers, are expected to provide jobs for more than 50,000 skilled workers.
Visitors to the rodeo are encouraged to stop by the ExxonMobil CCPI booth to discuss jobs and job training, and view a “hands-on” demonstration from an in-demand career field. As an added incentive, ExxonMobil CCPI will be giving away an Apple iPad each day of the rodeo.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Participating colleges will rotate service at the rodeo according to the following schedule:
Alvin Community College, March 18, 22
Brazosport College, March 10, 20
College of the Mainland, March 7, 13
Galveston College, March 6, 17
Houston Community College, March 8, 15
Lee College, March 12, 16
Lone Star College, March 4, 11, 21
San Jacinto College, March 5, 19
Wharton County Jr. College, March 9, 14
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. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.