BC petrochemical students recognized with scholarships
ExxonMobil recently celebrated the announcement of a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker construction project at its Baytown complex, and marked the occasion by recognizing 30 scholarship recipients who plan to pursue petrochemical careers. Brazosport College’s scholarship recipients were Allen Jemison and Bradley Poulsen. More than 50,000 construction trades and petrochemical workers will be needed in the next decade across the Texas Gulf Coast region as refineries expand their capacity and replace retiring workers. To help fill the demand for skilled workers, ExxonMobil has committed $1 million to the Community College Petrochemical Initiative, a collaboration between nine Texas Gulf Coast community colleges. The initiative aims to recruit and train the next generation of petrochemical workers. Pictured are, from left, Beth Cassidy, Brazosport College Director of Workforce Development and School Partnerships; Allen Jemsion; Dr. Millicent Valek, Brazosport College President; and Bradley Paulsen.