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Lone Star College students receive scholarships to pursue training for petrochemical careers

 The Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) in conjunction with ExxonMobil awarded three Lone Star College-North Harris students scholarships to continue their education.

“We are so grateful for the support ExxonMobil gives to the Community College Petrochemical Initiative,” said Dr. Gerald Napoles, LSC-North Harris president. “These scholarships will help Lone Star College students continue their education and be prepared to join this growing industry.”

LSC students Benjamin Brown, Douglas Bragg and Robert Perez were joined by students from Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, San Jacinto College and Wharton County Junior College. In all ExxonMobil awarded 39 scholarships to local area college students.

“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,” said Matt Aguiar, ExxonMobil Chemical Company senior vice president. “Because of the ongoing success, I’m proud to announce that ExxonMobil is providing another $300,000 for this important training program.”

Now in its fourth year, the CCPI has spread the word across the region that typical salaries in this expanding industry average nearly $100,000 annually and opportunities are available for those who possess the necessary skills.

Representatives from ExxonMobil and all nine partnering colleges met at ExxonMobil’s main office building in Baytown last week to present $45,000 in scholarships to the selected students.

“ExxonMobil has contributed more than $1.8 million toward training new skilled workers,” said Dr. Katherine Persson, LSC-Kingwood president. “Their support will help colleges like Lone Star College train the next generation of skilled employees.”


ExxonMobil presented 39 local area college students $45,000 in scholarships during a recent graduation ceremony. Pictured from left are Maribeth Stitt, LSC-Kingwood dean of Business, Technology, Communication and Languages; Dr. Katherine Persson, LSC-Kingwood president; Robert Perez, LSC student; Woody Paul, ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins plant manager; Benjamin Brown, LSC student; Douglas Bragg, LSC student; and Dr. Gerald Napoles, LSC-North Harris president.

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, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.