Manufacturing Day introduces middle school students to industry careers

Oct 30, 2019Courtney Morris

San Jacinto College held its first-ever Manufacturing Day Oct. 15 at the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology to introduce the next generation to industrial workforce opportunities.

Partnering with Air Products, BSAF, INEOS, and Dream It. Do It., the College hosted approximately 45 students from Deer Park ISD's Deepwater Junior High and Pasadena ISD's Bondy Intermediate.

CPET, which opened this fall to 2,800 students, is the Gulf Coast region's largest petrochemical training facility.

The eighth graders toured CPET classrooms, viewing equipment and learning about petrochemical training, then enjoyed lunch provided by Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas Chapter.

Afterward, students toured Air Products, an industrial gas company, to learn about industry workforce needs and the job market.

The San Jacinto College Strategic Initiatives, Workforce Development, Community Relations, and Diversity Office organized Manufacturing Day. The local event aligned with the National Association of Manufacturers' annual efforts to teach youth about the modern manufacturing industry.

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 put 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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