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Management class defends win at AFPM Challenge

Management class defends win at AFPM Challenge

In a sea of four-year colleges and universities, Lone Star College-Kingwood’s students will again demonstrate their winning skills.

Professor Michael Griffith’s project management class is preparing to enter the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Challenge 2016. Last year, the class earned first place — at the challenge — solidifying that community college students are of the same caliber as four-year university students. The class is creating an integrated communication marketing campaign to highlight different fuel and petrochemical manufacturing careers, and primarily craft professional opportunities to the millennial generation.

“With last year’s success, we believe we can win again by using last year’s knowledge but making it go beyond any expectation,” said Lupita Sanchez, student and leader of the Marketing team. “We believe that with our current knowledge and our current group, we will be able to make a larger impact on the competition.”

On LSC-Kingwood’s campus, the class will host an AFPM Petrochemical Information Fair and EXPO on March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fair will increase millennials’ awareness and knowledge of the career and employment opportunities available in both fuel and petrochemical industries. It will also include free food, giveaways, fun activities, and information on careers in the fuel and petrochemical industries.

“We hope millennials and other students will know more about available opportunities and the importance of this field for our future,” Sanchez said.

At the event, a booth will be set up to “recruit” for present and future opportunities in administrative, skilled craft and technical jobs. For example, with many Baby Boomers retiring in the next five years, available positions will be accountants, human resources specialists, information technology administrators, crane operators, electricians, iron workers, process technicians, analysts, logistics, welders, chemical engineers, commercial drivers, sales and marketing analysts and transportation.

“This project will increase interest on students to change their career paths or to expand upon their current path to fill jobs that will be needed when baby boomers retire. This challenge will help future and current students go towards degrees that they know they will be able to make a career out of,” Sanchez said.

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Challenge 2016 finals will be held in Houston on May 11. For more information on this project, visit http://workforce.afpm.org/lsck.

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Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.