Swagelok donates $250K to new petrochemical training center
01.30.2019 | By Melissa Trevizo
The Swagelok Company recently made a generous $250,000 donation to the new San Jacinto College Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, opening this fall. The company’s donation will help fund materials for a glass pilot plant lab, analyzer lab, glycol process unit, and naming rights for an instrumentation lab.
Swagelok Company is a privately held developer and provider of fluid system products, assemblies, training, and services for the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, semiconductor, transportation, and power industries.
Industry partners like Swagelok have been instrumental in the planning and construction of the 145,000-square-foot Center, which will be the largest petrochemical training facility along the Texas Gulf Coast when it opens in fall 2019. Built for industry, by industry, the Center will house programs and training labs in process technology, instrumentation and analyzer technology, electrical, nondestructive testing, and craft trades. It will feature an 8,000-square-foot exterior glycol process unit to develop troubleshooting skills for entry, advanced credit students, and incumbent workers. Additional features will include the newest software programming, equipment, and technology; and conference, training, and assembly spaces.
“We are truly grateful to Swagelok for this donation and the commitment to our mission of producing the very best graduates for the petrochemical industry,” said Jim Griffin, associate vice chancellor and senior vice president for the petrochemical training division at San Jacinto College.
Students at the facility will be immersed in an environmental health and safety culture that is built into the curriculum developed with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulated coursework with an emphasis on Process Safety Management. The Center will include abundant space to teach credit students and incumbent workers.
San Jacinto College broke ground for the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology in September 2017. A $60 million investment, the Center is funded by a $425 million bond passed in 2015. The project is guided by a Petrochemical Advisory Council, formed by San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. In addition to the certificates, associate degree, and incumbent worker training the College offers in the aforementioned programs, San Jacinto College is also pursuing the approval and development of a bachelor’s of applied technology degree.
For more information about the San Jacinto College Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, visit sanjac.edu/CPET.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.