Donation will support the education of 10 students in the technical programs at the college
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) teamed up with San Jacinto College to surprise 10 students each with a $2,500 scholarship, equating to a total of $25,000 in scholarship support. The funding will help the students to advance in their Process Technology or Instrumentation Technology Associate Degree Program while they attend San Jacinto College’s LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology (CPET).
LyondellBasell is dedicated to educating, training and preparing tomorrow’s workforce to be leaders in multiple industries, including petrochemicals. Over the course of the 10-year partnership, LyondellBasell will invest $5 million dollars into the College’s new LyondellBasell CPET facility. CPET is well-positioned to be the training hub for our industry in the U.S., after opening in fall 2019, and will provide not only classroom training, but hands-on learning throughout the two-year associate degree program.
“At LyondellBasell, we believe in Advancing Possible, and a key component of that is advancing our future workforce. Investing in the training and education of these students will set them apart when they enter the petrochemical, energy and technology workforce,” said Mike VanDerSnick, Senior Vice President of Americas Manufacturing at LyondellBasell. “For us, it’s important that we have the right people for the right jobs, and that starts with ensuring individuals who are interested in joining the petrochemical industry have the proper training and skills.”
While it’s well known that the petrochemical industry needs more workers, what it really needs is a more skilled workforce. San Jacinto College has served as the training leader for the petrochemical, energy and technology workforce in the greater Houston area for more than 40 years. The College values industry partner involvement across all of their programs, but CPET has been a great example of so many industry leaders coming together beyond donations and financial support. From curriculum development to cutting-edge technologies and networking access for the students, partners like LyondellBasell have been integral to the success of the program and the success of the students.
“We are so proud of these students and their dedication to their education and for being the embodiment of our College values. These scholarships provide an incredible opportunity to our students and we could not be more grateful,” said Brenda Hellyer, Ph.D., San Jacinto College Chancellor. “Our partnership with LyondellBasell has already done so much to open doors for our CPET students and to offer industry leading resources and networking connections for our future workforce. We appreciate LyondellBasell’s commitment to San Jac, CPET, and our students.”