PASADENA, Texas – Unemployed or incumbent workers may qualify for free workforce training at San Jacinto College through the H-1 B Gulf Coast Ready to Work Petrochemical grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The grant will allow participants to receive tuition assistance to pursue courses that will lead to certifications that are widely recognized and often required for employment throughout the petrochemical manufacturing industry. Military veterans who fit the criteria will be given priority, and those who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more may receive additional funding.

Grant-funded courses available include National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)-certified welding, pipefitting, electrical, and industrial maintenance; and engineering design graphics, non-destructive testing, project management, and Lean Six Sigma. Funding may also be used to pursue credit courses for a certificate of technology.

The Ready to Work grant partnership consists of San Jacinto College, College of the Mainland, Lee College, and Brazosport College. The grant aims to meet the regional employment needs of the petrochemical and other manufacturing industries for middle and upper-level science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) employees in areas where companies might otherwise seek H-1 B visa holders.

A project management professional (PMP) boot camp starts on Oct. 19, and a Lean Six Sigma green belt class starts on Oct. 26. Other classes start in January 2016, with registration starting soon. To obtain more information and an application packet for the H-1 B Gulf Coast Ready to Work Petrochemical grant, visit

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, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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