Program is second in the nation for graduates entering process tech

PASADENA, Texas – The process technology program at San Jacinto College has received its endorsement by the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA).

NAPTA is an organization of the Process Technology (PTEC) education providers and their business, industry, and community advisors. It is the standard-bearer of the PTEC curriculum. The San Jacinto College process technology program, which ranks second in the nation for associate degree graduates, has been endorsed by NAPTA for the last three years. The program underwent thorough auditing in the summer of 2015 by registrars for endorsement consideration.

"For local industry, this means they can be assured that our graduates have met strict guidelines in order to make them knowledgeable of the petrochemical industry, which in turn, they can be trusted to be valuable employees," said Joseph Zwiercan, department chair of petrochemical/energy at San Jacinto College. "For our students, it means that they have received the best education and training possible to prepare them to be successful in the petrochemical industry."

Elements considered for the NAPTA endorsement include standardized testing, facilities and equipment adequate for proper education; qualifications of instructors; and instructor opportunities for professional development. The college seeking endorsement must also have established an active industry-based advisory committee that provides input to the school’s program. The committee must be industry-led and/or meet state or accrediting body requirements for advisory committees.

The San Jacinto College process technology program has an advisory committee and strong industry partners that provide students with internship opportunities. In result, the program boasts a high job placement rate for graduates entering the workforce.

"Being NAPTA approved indicates that our program stands out among the leaders in the nation regarding process technology," said Kevin Adams, San Jacinto College process technology program director. 

The San Jacinto College process technology program was initially recognized by the Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance before it changed to NAPTA, as the program not only included the Gulf Coast but North America. The Texas Skills Standard Board (TSSB) also recognizes the program.

San Jacinto College offers an associate degree and certificate of technology in process technology. For more information, 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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