Representatives from ExxonMobil and nine partnering community colleges recently met at ExxonMobil’s main office building in Baytown to present $45,000 in scholarships to 34 selected students. Five Brazosport College students — Rigoberto Cardenas, Patrick Haynes, Zackary Nieto, Yolanda Richo and Hong To — were among those to receive scholarships. Pictured are, from left, Brazosport College Director of Workforce Development & School Partnerships Beth Cassidy, Brazosport College Dean of Instruction Jeff Detrick, scholarship recipients Zackary Nieto and Patrick Haynes, ExxonMobil Chemical Company Senior Vice President Matt Aguiar, scholarship recipients Rigoberto Cardenas and Yolanda Richo, and Brazosport College Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs Dr. Lynda Villanueva. Not pictured is scholarship recipient Hong To.
With the Gulf Coast area petrochemical industry needing more than 50,000 new workers within the decade, nine community colleges have set out to find and train this “next generation” of skilled workers, enabled by a grant from ExxonMobil.
Now in its fourth year, the Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) has spread the word across the region that typical salaries in this expanding industry average nearly $100,000 and opportunities are available with those who possess the necessary skills.
Representatives from ExxonMobil and all nine partnering colleges recently met at ExxonMobil’s main office building in Baytown to present $45,000 in scholarships to 34 selected students.
Five Brazosport College students received scholarships, with Rigoberto Cardenas, Patrick Haynes, Zackary Nieto, Yolanda Richo and Hong To all earning scholarships.
ExxonMobil Chemical Company Senior Vice President Matt Aguiar congratulated the students and spoke to why ExxonMobil continues to invest in the program.
“We continue to see great progress as these colleges educate, train and develop candidates to fill the increasing number of jobs in the petrochemical industry,” Aguiar said. “Because of the ongoing success, I’m proud to announce that ExxonMobil is providing another $300,000 for this important training program.”
ExxonMobil has contributed more than $1.8 million toward training skilled new workers. This is the third consecutive year that the initiative and ExxonMobil have brought together new recipients to present scholarships and encourage them in their educational pursuits.
The nine colleges with students receiving scholarships were Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College and Wharton County Junior College.