San Jacinto College's LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology (CPET) leads the way in training the advanced workforce to meet the growing demands of the industry. While it’s well known that the petrochemical industry needs more workers, what it really needs is a more skilled workforce. San Jacinto College proudly continues to be the industry’s training hub.

San Jacinto College has served as the training leader for the petrochemical, energy and technology workforce in the greater Houston area for more than 40 years. With four campuses located throughout East Harris County, the College serves as a training hub to the largest petrochemical manufacturing complex in the United States, and second largest in the world with 90 industries and 130 plants. The College plays a vital role in helping the region become the “Energy Capital of the World.”

With San Jacinto College’s $60 million LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology, the industry will benefit with a strengthening of training in key petrochemical manufacturing areas. The College relies on industry feedback by inviting representatives to be a part of its Petrochemical Advisory Council. Formed by San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, the Council includes leaders from the petrochemical industry and plant managers. The Council is tasked with continually assessing the curriculum, equipment and planning for the Center.

In October 2017, Jim Griffin joined San Jacinto College as Associate Vice Chancellor / Senior Vice President for the Petrochemical Training Division. In his new position, Griffin oversees the curriculum and instruction of the College’s petrochemical-related training programs, as well as the development of the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology. Learn more about Mr. Griffin and the leadership team.