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San Jacinto College
News Release
Friday, August 12, 2011

Brance-Krachy Company donates $20,000 in equipment for petrochemical training


PASADENA, Texas — The Brance-Krachy Company Inc. recently donated $20,000 worth of equipment to the San Jacinto College (SJC) Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division for training courses for the petrochemical industry.


Equipment includes horsepower motors, variable frequency drives, relays, switches, fuses and breakers for the manufacturing, oil and gas, and petrochemical industries. Jim Schulte, president of Brance-Krachy, said the donation resulted from a need for more hands-on training for the petrochemical field.


"We have experience with the petrochemical industries in the area that have shared their frustrations regarding 'applicable experience and training,'" said Schulte. "We identified some aging inventory and considered the value the motors/starters would bring to a college lab. We have friends that spoke highly of San Jacinto College and their experiences there. Our inside sales manager, Christi Haas, thought that the local college would be the best place to make such a donation."


Chuck Burnett, SJC CPD lead instructor, said the equipment will be used for Industrial Automation Technician and Programmable Logic Controllers courses. These two courses prepare students for immediate work in the industry. He added that the equipment will play an important role in increasing their knowledge of what to expect once employed.


"The more equipment we can have donated, the more things I can show the students that are out there in the field," said Burnett. "We really appreciate this donation because it gives our students hands-on experience in the field, and in return, helps us achieve our overall goal of presenting the industry with workers who are ready to work."


Schulte said Brance-Krachy has already reached out to vendor partners to provide follow-up donations and assistance to the College.


Photo: San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development lead instructor, Chuck Burnett, stands with the donated equipment from The Brance-Krachy Company. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department.


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 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


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