More than 600 women to learn of careers in petrochemical

01.25.2018 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

Women in Industry Conference scheduled for Feb. 22 at Moody Gardens

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College is set to welcome more than 600 women to learn more about careers and opportunities in the petrochemical industry at the third annual Women in Industry Conference on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Galveston’s Moody Gardens Hotel.

The one-day conference, hosted by the Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI), is for all women—the unemployed or underemployed, high school or college students and veterans. It will include a networking session hosted by BASF and workshops to provide petrochemical and industrial trade career information and the specific skills necessary for these careers. Participants will learn what it takes to obtain a career in fields that were once long dominated by men but now open to women.

“Because of an aging workforce, plant expansions, and new construction in a growing economy, there are plenty of challenging, well-paying career positions available in the Gulf Coast region—and refineries and contractors are looking for trained women to hire,” said Dr. Sarah Janes in a recent release. Janes is the associate vice chancellor for Continuing and Professional Development at San Jacinto College.

Several major petrochemical manufacturing employers are also expected to attend the Women in Industry Conference, as well as Gulf Coast region community colleges to provide information on training program enrollment and financial aid.

CCPI-member colleges include Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and Wharton County Junior College.

Corporate sponsors for the conference include ExxonMobil, Dow, Chevron Phillips, INEOS, LyondellBasell, NolTex, Jacobs, Educate Texas, BASF, Zachry, and Freeport LNG Development.

To learn more about attending the Women in Industry conference, or to become a corporate sponsor, contact Kelly Dando, CCPI grant coordinator, at 281.425.6221, or

Visit the CCPI website at to register.

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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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