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HCC Global Energy COE reaches out to women

HCC Global Energy COE reaches out to women

HOUSTON [February 15, 2017] – As petrochemical plant expansions continue in the Gulf Coast region, opportunities for employment in the field persist. The need to replace retiring workers and fill positions  has created opportunities for women in what is viewed as a male-dominated industry.

In an effort to attract women into the petrochemical industry, the Houston Community College (HCC) Global Energy Center of Excellence (COE) will participate in the Women in Petrochemical 2017 Conference on Friday, February 17 at South Shore Harbor Resort in League City. The conference is designed to introduce women to the petrochemical industry.  It will also  showcase training available through the Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI).  HCC is a partner in the CCPI.

The conference is expected to attract more than 350 women from Houston and surrounding cities who are interested in the petrochemical field. Seven faculty and staff members will be on hand to conduct sessions promoting awareness of Global Energy programs, financial aid, and admissions at HCC.

The Global Energy COE offers certificates and degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology, Petroleum Engineering Technology, Instrumentation and Controls Engineering Technology,  Process Technology and Drafting and Design.  The Global Energy COE is a hub for high-tech training with curricula guided by more than 50 industry advisors and classes taught by 25 experienced engineers.

At the conference,  HCC will highlight opportunities women have in the petrochemical industry by sharing information and success stories of students and faculty like Arusha Jones.  Eight years ago, Jones began her career as a process technology student at HCC.  After graduating and working in the petrochemical industry for a number of years, she returned to HCC to teach in the Global Energy program. “I wanted to give back to the COE and I love the fact that we continue to grow,” said Jones.  As a skilled refinery worker and female engineer,,Jones brings a unique perspective to the classroom.

The Global Energy COE is located at the HCC Northeast Campus at 555 Community College Drive, Houston, Texas 77013. For more information on programs offered in the COE, visit hccs.edu/globalenergy

 

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