College offers free process technology seminars

April 18, 2008 2:59:57 PM PDT
The San Jacinto College Central process technology department is offering 11th and 12th grade high school students, and adults seeking a job change, the opportunity to explore a career in the process technology field.Shell Oil is sponsoring the free one-day institutes scheduled for Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., each day. The May 13 institute is designed for females, and the May 14 meeting is an open meeting for all interested parties. Both meetings will be held at the Central campus, 8060 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, in room B-104 of the Ball Technical Building.

The meetings will introduce participants to careers in process technology. Female guest speakers from companies such as Lubrizol, Lyondell, Syngenta and Pasadena Refining will discuss their job experiences and the opportunities available to the participants in the process technology field. Participants will tour the department's pilot plant, view presentations about process technology equipment and job opportunities, and tour a plant in the area.

"There is a large demand in the process technology field for female operators," said Mike Speegle, process technology department chair. "Currently, less than three percent of the operations personnel in the processing industry are female. Starting pay for a new operator could be as high as $50,000 a year with excellent benefits."

Class space is limited to 50 students for the female seminar. The first 10 ladies who enroll in San Jacinto College's two-year process technology program will receive a $150 gift certificate, courtesy of Shell, which can be used only at the Central campus bookstore.

The open institute, for both males and females, is limited to the first 150 applicants. Lunch and snacks will be provided on both dates. To register, or to obtain more information, please call 281-476-1872. For information about San Jacinto College and its process technology program, please visit www.sanjac.edu.

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