In response to the growing demand for industry professionals, Lee College hosted the annual Manufacturing Day event Oct. 11, to show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by opening its doors to students and community leaders. The college joined forces with the Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas Foundation and INEOS to host 45 eighth-grade students from Liberty ISD and Dayton ISD at the Lee College in Baytown and INEOS Battleground Manufacturing Complex in La Porte.
The event was designed to help students learn about the high-wage, high-skill jobs available in the Houston Gulf Coast region—and to connect these students with educators who can help prepare them for these in-demand careers. Students spent the morning on Lee College’s main campus where they learned about the educational offerings related to the petrochemical field, took part in hands-on activities with faculty.
After, students were transported to La Porte, where they were invited to take a tour of the INEOS Olefins and Polymers Battleground Manufacturing Complex.
“It’s imperative to the growth of our community that we engage, inspire, and actively work toward recruiting the next generation of our industry leaders,” said Vice President of Workforce and Community Development Dr. Angela Oriano. “We are proud to support this initiative and shine a light on the exciting career opportunities available to our young students.”
“We reach out to Lee College, who we feel has one of the best programs in regards to Instrumentation and Electrical in the area, to ensure that we have that pipeline for our apprenticeship program,” said INEOS Site Manager Robert Bradshaw.
Program Manager for Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas Patti Bell added, “The fact that kids got to come into a plant, speak with people who do those jobs, go to the community college where they can get the training is going to be invaluable to them, especially eighth graders who are going to choose a path they will take during high school. If they just go home and share this information with family and friends, it could impact other people as well.”
The event provides various benefits for the College and local industry including recruitment, public awareness, and enhanced relationship.