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Higher Education
Community college Petrochemical Initiative
News Release
Thursday, July 27, 2017

38 Community College Students Receive Scholarships To Pursue Training
for Petrochemical Careers

Baytown, Texas — With the Gulf Coast area petrochemical industry needing more than 50,000 new workers within the decade, nine community colleges have set out to find and train this “next generation” of skilled workers, enabled by a $1.8 million grant from ExxonMobil.

Now in its fifth year, the Community College Petrochemical Initiative has spread the word across the region that typical salaries in this expanding industry average nearly $100,000 and opportunities are available with those who possess the necessary skills.

Representatives from ExxonMobil and all nine partnering colleges will gather on Thursday, August 3, at ExxonMobil’s main office building in Baytown to present $45,000 in scholarships to 38 selected students, and to hear about ExxonMobil’s continued investment in the program.

Mike Zamora, director of ExxonMobil Chemical’s Americas Regional Manufacturing, is the keynote speaker. Other speakers will be recipients themselves—students from all walks of life now preparing for careers in the petrochemical industry, aided by the CCPI Petrochemical Scholarship.

2017 scholarship recipients include:

• From Alvin Community College: Charles Manuel, Vanessa Medrano, Jose Padilla, Roberto Pena, and Andrew Pier

• From Brazosport College: Rigoberto Cardenas, Patrick Haynes, Zachary Nieto, Yolanda, Richo, and Jorge Juarez

• From College of the Mainland: Brittany Brown, Myles Drisdale, Joshua Galabis, Michael Keller, Kincaide Stevens, and Burak Temal

• From Galveston College: Victor Gomez, Isaac Jara, Patrick Lantz, and Kaylan Mosley

• From Houston Community College: Shayan Naghibipoor, Opeyemi Frances Anthony, Carissa Sims, Marquette Broussard, and Samson Balogun

• From Lee College: Christopher Patterson, Edmeade Prentice, and Crisol Napoles

• From Lone Star College: Jeremy Powers, Christopher Ross, Carlos Gomez, James Alford, Jason Eldridge, and Delane Corley

• From San Jacinto College: Isaac Butcher, Jessica Cranford, and Lucida Price

• Wharton County Junior College: Zachary Zepeta




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