Women account for 19 percent of the total employment in the combined oil and gas, and petrochemical industries, according to a report from the American Petroleum Institute. Meanwhile, it's projected that petrochemical refineries will need to replace up to 40 percent of their current employees over the course of the next decade due to plant expansions and an aging workforce.

Nine Texas Gulf Coast community colleges, working as the Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI), will address these issues and more during the Women in Industry: Petrochem Conference on Friday, Feb. 19.

The CCPI, which includes San Jacinto College, will host the daylong Women in Industry: Petrochem Conference at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston. This event is funded by a grant from ExxonMobil.

Attendees will hear from women who are working in the industry, their job experiences, advice on preparing for careers in petrochemical, the training that is required, and how to network with other women within the industry. They will also be given time to ask questions, network with women and industry representatives, and connect with educators for information and opportunities to enroll in upcoming classes.

The morning track will provide information about petrochemical and industrial trades career fields—and how women are finding success in a once male-dominated profession. The afternoon track will show women, who are already employed in the industry, how to “take the next step” in their career, and how to make networking a valuable ally.

Scheduled breaks during the day will allow participants time to meet industry representatives from companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips, Covestro, Noltex, Jacobs, and others.

The day will end with “how to make it happen” sessions where women can learn about financial aid, child care, fast track courses, certificate and associate degree programs at the area’s nine community colleges.

Cost for the daylong event is $20 for students and $40 for professionals. Some scholarships are available. Learn more about Women in Industry at womeninpetrochemconference.eventbrite.com.

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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