San Jacinto College recently hosted a group from Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum (MoP) to tour its future Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology in order to learn more about how workers in the petrochemical industry are educated by the College.
The delegation, consisting of CEOs, engineers, scientists, and business developers, was tasked by the Egyptian government to visit the United States to observe oil and gas production and practices in order to position U.S. firms to take advantage of the opportunities that will come as a result of the plan to modernize production in Egyptian refineries.
This initiative known as the Egypt Refineries Modernization Reverse Trade Mission, was sparked by a fall in production of gas steadily causing the country to become a net importer of natural gas while, at the same time, facing exponential growth in domestic demand. The MoP spent nearly two weeks in the United States, between Houston and Washington, D.C.
The 15-person delegation was addressed by San Jacinto College’s Teri Crawford, vice chancellor of marketing, public relations and government affairs, regarding the College’s background and statistics regarding demographics. Jim Griffin, the College’s associate vice chancellor/associate vice president for the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, also spoke to the delegation about the depth and type of education students receive at San Jacinto College.
The visit ended with a tour at the site of the upcoming Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, slated to open in 2019. The facility is a $60 million investment that will house the College’s associate degree and certificate programs for process technology, instrumentation and analyzer technology, non-destructive testing, and electrical technology, complete with program-specific training labs. San Jacinto College currently trains more than 3,600 students annually within the mentioned areas.
“I, as well as my colleagues, thoroughly enjoyed the visit to San Jacinto College,” Mohammad M. Helmy Abu Zahra, senior engineer, Cairo Oil Refining Company said. “We deeply appreciate the hospitality and kindness the College has shown us and we are very impressed by your facility.”
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 puts 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.