‘Ready to Work’ grant program trains students for petrochemical careers

Free program offered through the workforce center targets unemployed & underemployed

H-1B Ready to Work Petrochem Grant grads and staff from the Center for Workforce and Community Development
Graduates of the Lee College H-1B Ready to Work Petrochem Grant program gathered with staff from the Center for Workforce and Community Development on Thursday, May 18, 2017, to celebrate completing their classes and earning nationally recognized industry credentials. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program offers free training to help the long-term unemployed and underemployed prepare for petrochemical careers.

BAYTOWN, TX — After completing free training at Lee College and earning craft and trade credentials recognized by employers around the country, nearly 40 students are now ready to begin careers in the booming petrochemical industry.

Lee College celebrated in late May the newest graduates of the H-1B Ready to Work Petrochem Grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Offered through the Center for Workforce and Community Development at no cost to eligible participants, the program is designed to help the long-term unemployed and underemployed gain the knowledge and skills they need to prepare for high-growth and high-demand industry jobs in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Courses include pipefitting, welding, millwright, electrical, instrumentation, first-line supervisor, project management and process technology refresher — all taught by instructors with years of professional experience, using the latest tools of the trade and new technology found in the real-world working environment.

Dedra Moore had been looking to get into instrumentation for two years when she learned about the H-1B grant program and was referred to Lee College by Workforce Solutions.

“I didn’t give it a second thought; I was determined to get into that class and I didn’t want to miss a thing,” Moore said. “Our instructors were amazing. They motivated us and made sure each individual student understood every concept. They gave us 100 percent more than what we learned in the textbook. We were taught what to expect when we get into the industry, things to look for and the right questions to ask. When we get out there, we’ll know exactly what we’re looking at and what to do.”

At the end of each course, students receive certificates confirming they have successfully completed training and earned the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) credentials that employers in the petrochemical and construction industries trust and can verify.

“With all your hard work and dedication, you persisted to the end,” Marsha Tuha, director of Workforce Development, told the graduates. “This is the first step toward some amazing changes to come in your lives.”

And that’s exactly what graduate Roger Williams is confident he will make after completing the H-1B pipefitting course: a major change for the better. The Trinidad native led a rough life before immigrating to the United States, where he has earned his GED and also plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree after finding a position in the petrochemical industry.

“This program has been a life-changing experience and the perfect start,” Williams said. “I encourage and talk to everyone I know about it because it’s wonderful and it’s worth it.”

For more information about eligibility for and enrolling in the H-1B Ready to Work Petrochem Grant program at Lee College, contact the Center for Workforce and Community Development at 281.425.6311 or visit www.lee.edu/workforce/ready2work.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College hosts traveling career fair for nearly 300 middle & high school students

BAYTOWN, TX – Nearly 300 middle and high school students from throughout the Houston region recently gathered at Lee College for the College and Career Roadshow, a unique one-day conference where students were encouraged to share their dreams for the future and given tools to start making those dreams a reality.

Students participate in an icebreaker at the College and Career Roadshow at Lee College.
Facilitators with leadership training company Paradigm Shift lead students through an icebreaker activity Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the College and Career Roadshow hosted at Lee College. Nearly 300 students from across the Houston region gathered on campus for the one-day traveling conference, which focuses on preparing middle and high school students for college and career success.

Presented by leadership training and development company Paradigm Shift and its partners, the roadshow is a traveling college and career fair that includes everything from motivational speakers and success seminars to ACT college readiness exam prep sessions, team-building activities, business leadership panels and interview and resume workshops. Students also had the opportunity to take a campus tour and learn more about all that Lee College has to offer.

After starting their day with games and icebreakers at the Performing Arts Center, the students were divided into two groups according to grade level and taken through workshops and panel discussions to explore what it means to be a leader; how to succeed in college and build a career; how to identify and set goals for the future; how to ace the ACT; and more.

“Our main goal is to get students excited and prepared for post-secondary education or careers,” said Rachel Mayo, conferences and special event coordinator for Paradigm Shift. “We want students who might not otherwise get this kind of opportunity to know they’re not limited in what they can do. The students love it; our facilitators do a great job of making it a safe space to feel, share and learn.”

Students traveled from as far away as Galveston and beyond to attend the roadshow at Lee College. To make the event more accessible for students in the college service area, the Student and Career Employment Office worked with the Lee College Foundation and Patients ER to provide scholarships to about 100 local youths.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee looking for part-time instructors at Nov. 17 job fair

BAYTOWN, TX — Lee College is looking for part-time instructors for multiple subjects. These new hires will add to its pool of talented faculty members and advance the legacy of quality teaching and learning for a growing student body.

Interested candidates are invited to discuss available part-time teaching opportunities at the Adjunct Job Fair, to be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Rundell Hall Conference Center on campus. Job fair participants are encouraged to bring their résumés to the event to share with current faculty members, who will be available to answer questions and share insights from their own experiences in the classroom.

Adjunct instructors are needed to teach day, evening and/or weekend classes in a wide range of fields across the Academic Division, Applied Sciences Division and Center for Workforce and Community Education — from government, psychology, and art appreciation to pipefitting, millwrighting, and electrical.

Those who want to teach academic courses like English, history, and mathematics must have a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the discipline being taught. Instructors for technical courses like process technology, instrumentation, and welding typically require an associate’s degree and three years of related work experience in the teaching discipline.

Part-time faculty may teach traditional face-to-face classes, online classes, or in a hybrid format at multiple locations: the main campus and McNair Center in Baytown, the newly opened Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County, the prison education program in Huntsville, and in dual-credit classes offered at several local high schools.

For more information about the upcoming Adjunct Job Fair or available positions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 281.425.6875 or hr@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Project GRAD program at Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County

High-schoolers from Dayton, Hardin and Liberty participated in College & Career Institute

Students at Career Fair
Local high-school students attending this summer the J.P. Morgan Chase College and Career Institute at Lee College network with representatives from Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Covestro, ExxonMobil and Noltex at a mock career fair held at the main campus in Baytown. The institute included a variety of career and college exploration activities and was sponsored in partnership with Workforce Solutions and Project GRAD Houston, an organization that aims to help students develop and achieve their educational aspirations.

BAYTOWN, TX — More than two dozen high school students from the Dayton, Hardin and Liberty school districts spent a week at the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County this summer to attend the J.P. Morgan Chase College and Career Institute, a program sponsored by Project GRAD Houston to help young people start on the path toward a high-wage, high-skill and high-demand career.

Project GRAD Houston aims to improve lives in low-income communities by helping students develop and achieve their educational aspirations. As part of the effort, the program offers college institutes each summer for 1,000 scholars across the Houston area. The J.P. Morgan Chase College and Career Institute at Lee College was also sponsored in partnership with Workforce Solutions.

Lee College hosted the majority of the institute at its new education center in South Liberty County, where faculty gave students an inside look at programs in electrical technology, process technology, logistics, computer-aided drafting and engineering technology. They learned about the hard and soft skills that employers want to see in job candidates, and picked up tips about networking and proper presentation.

The students also took field trips to regional manufacturing facilities and spent their final evening at the main campus in Baytown, participating in a mock career fair with representatives from Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Covestro, ExxonMobil and Noltex. Robert Bird, a rising senior at Liberty High School, was announced the lucky winner of a $500 scholarship at the institute’s closing ceremony.

Scholarship Winner Robert Bird
Scholarship winner Robert Bird: Robert Bird, a rising senior at Liberty High School, receives a $500 scholarship at the closing ceremony for the J.P. Morgan Chase College and Career Institute at Lee College. The institute included career and college exploration activities for high-school students and was sponsored in partnership with Workforce Solutions and Project GRAD Houston, an organization that aims to help students develop and achieve their educational aspirations.

“At Project GRAD, we say that ‘graduation really achieves dreams,’” Anne Sung, vice president and chief strategy officer for Project GRAD Houston, told the students who completed the institute. “You could have spent your summer vacation doing many things, but you chose to come to Lee College to explore college, explore careers and discover more about yourself.”

Students at the institute developed 30-second commercials about themselves for potential employers and produced videos detailing their future educational and career goals. Adam Percy, a rising sophomore at Liberty High School who aspires to be a lawyer, volunteered to share his commercial live on stage at the closing ceremony and said he learned valuable lessons by participating in the program. When he had his opportunity to speak with process operators from Chevron Phillips at the mock career fair, he felt confident about how to approach and what to say.

“Go to school while you can, and always do the best you can,” Percy said.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Job fair Aug. 4 to find part-time instructors in multiple disciplines

BAYTOWN, TX — Lee College is looking for part-time instructors in dozens of disciplines to add to its pool of talented faculty and continue the legacy of high-quality teaching and learning.

Interested parties are invited to discuss the available part-time teaching opportunities at the Adjunct Job Fair, to be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Phyllis Davis Room at 909 Decker Drive. Job fair participants are encouraged to bring their resumes to the event to share with current faculty, who will be available to answer questions and share insights from their own experiences in the classroom. Light refreshments will also be served.

Adjunct instructors are needed to teach day, evening and/or weekend classes in a wide range of fields across the Academic Division, Applied Sciences Division and Center for Workforce and Community Education — from Government, Psychology and Art Appreciation to Pipefitting, Millwright and Electrical.

Those who want to teach academic courses like English, History and Mathematics must have a master’s degree and 18 graduate hours in the discipline being taught. Instructors for technical courses like Process Technology, Instrumentation and Welding typically require an associate degree and three years of related work experience in the teaching discipline.

Part-time faculty may teach traditional face-to-face classes, online classes or in a hybrid format at multiple locations: the main campus and McNair Center in Baytown; the newly opened Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County; the prison education program in Huntsville; and in dual-credit classes offered at several local high schools.

For more information about the upcoming Adjunct Job Fair or available positions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 281.425.6875 or hr@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College to host Junior Achievement Inspire career fair

BAYTOWN, TX – Lee College will welcome more than 3,000 local eighth-graders to campus Dec. 14-16 for Junior Achievement Inspire, an interactive experience and career awareness fair that will give the students a glimpse into the wide variety of industries and job opportunities in the region.

This is the second year that Lee College has partnered with Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas to host JA Inspire for students from the Goose Creek, Barbers Hill, Crosby, Hardin, Liberty, Dayton, Hull-Daisetta, East Chambers and Anahuac independent school districts. The event will showcase the growing demand for local jobs in interest areas that align with high school endorsement tracks in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Business & Industry, Public Services and Arts and Humanities. All eighth-graders in Texas must select a track of study before entering high school.

The students will begin their JA Inspire day at Lee College with an opening ceremony, then rotate to interact with businesses through industry presentations, career stations and exhibits and displays from regional companies. They will also participate in a soft-skills play that explores the intangible qualities employers look for in prospective hires, like leadership and communication, before wrapping up their time on campus by recapping their experiences and hearing from event sponsors.

For more information about the JA Inspire program, contact Junior Achievement of South Texas at 713.682.4500 or visit www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-set.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Career fair and forum for women

As industry jobs expand in the Gulf Coast area, Lee College will join College of the Mainland and other community college partners to host the “Date with Destiny, Texas” career forum for women to create a platform for females that will introduce, educate and increase awareness of the oil and gas and petrochemical careers that will hugely impact the industry in the next 5 to 10 years.

Date with Destiny is set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport. The forum is targeted to pre-college and college students, as well as women looking to launch a new career.

Women who work or have worked in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries will serve as event speakers and volunteers. Each will share their experience, provide advice, discuss their own career pathways and help inspire all who attend to strongly consider a fulfilling and exciting career in a high-demand field.

The forum will also include college and career information, interview and resume workshops, panel discussions and information on community colleges, financial aid and scholarships. There will be time set aside for candid discussion and questions, and free breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Date with Destiny is an innovative program that supports Shell’s strategy to attract women to technical careers that are in high demand in the industry. Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with about 94,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories.

For more information or to register for the forum, visit www.com.edu/destiny.