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Women in Industry conference to address workforce shortage

The Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) encourages women across the Gulf Coast to explore employment options in the petrochemical industry at the Women in Industry conference Friday, Feb. 19.

“The petrochemical industry needs to replace as much as 40 percent of their current employees over the next decade due to plant expansions and a retiring workforce,” said Linda Head, LSC associate vice chancellor, workforce education and corporate partnerships. “Attendees will hear from women already working in the industry about actual job experiences, how to best prepare for these careers, what training is required, and how to network with other women while on the job.”

The conference will provide important information about petrochemical and industrial career fields and how capable, motivated women are finding success in a once male-dominated profession. The conference will also focus on helping women already employed in the industry to “take the next step” on the career ladder by attending to their technical credential and networking with other successful women, a valuable ally.

During the “how to make it happen” session, women will learn about financial aid, child care, fast track certificate and degree programs, available at the area’s nine community colleges.

Scheduled breaks during the day will provide opportunities for participants to meet with industry representatives from companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips, Convestro, Noltex, Jacobs, and others.

The conference takes place at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston. Cost for the day-long event is $20 for students and $40 for professionals. Some scholarships are available. Click here to register and learn more about the Women in Industry conference.

The CCPI is funded by a grant from ExxonMobil and consists of 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 Community College to recruit and help train the next generation of petrochemical and construction trades workers for the Houston-Galveston region.

Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education/career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, seven centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.