San Jacinto College LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Tehnology (CPET) hosted the Exploring Industry Expo on Feb. 14. Students from South Houston, Pasadena Memorial, and Sam Rayburn High Schools heard from industry speakers, current students, and alumni and received a tour of the state-of-the-art facility.
“Hosting events like Exploring Industry gives an opportunity for students to think about career paths that they never would have considered before,” said Yessenia Jimenez, manager of strategic initiative projects at San Jacinto College. “These are high-paying careers that they can train for at a community college with very affordable tuition.”
The event featured speakers from different industries, who gave students first-hand knowledge of their paths to success. Each speaker noted the importance of industry-guided education when it comes to progressing in their respective fields.
“Students are going to be better prepared because industry is able to advise on some of the [curriculum] decisions that [educators] make to prepare them to be better employees,” said David Gosnay, an operations manager with LyondellBasell.”
The second half of the day included tours of several of the facility’s labs. Faculty members led the way with stops in the non-destructive testing, process technology, and electrical labs. Here the students were able to see directly what makes San Jac’s CPET facility so special.
“People are able to come here and actually live out dreams of being welders, pipe fitters, and instrument techs where at other colleges, you might not have those opportunities,” said Chad Whetro from Performance Contractors Inc. “[San Jacinto College] has jumped all over forward thinking.”
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put 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. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.