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MGCCC Teams With Chevron On Petrochemical Technology Program

One of South Mississippi's largest employers has expanded its partnership with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to offer students two ground-breaking educational programs.

Beginning in the fall 2006 semester, Gulf Coast will offer classes in Petrochemical Technology at its Jackson County Campus and Electric Power Generation Technology at the Perkinston Campus.

Chevron and Gulf Coast were already cooperating in the college's Process Operations Technology program at the Perk Campus.

These classes will aid students and those who may be seeking further training in the area, career advancement or a new career field.

The announcement came during the June 19 meeting of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors.

Chevron General Manager Roland Kell said Gulf Coast's expanded technology program will help address future employment needs for the Pascagoula Refinery.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with our friends at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College," he said.

"As a member of Governor Barbour's Workforce Development Council, I am especially gratified to assist in bringing this new training program to Jackson County. The refinery must continue to hire highly skilled individuals to assure its long term success, and we expect many of those individuals to be graduates of this program."

The Pascagoula Refinery is ChevronTexaco's largest in the U.S. With more than 1,200 employees, it produces 13.6 million gallons of crude oil every day in addition to manufacturing other specialty products.

"Through the Chevron/MGCCC partnership, additional education and employment opportunities will enhance the quality of life for our community," said Dr. Willis Lott, Gulf Coast president. "Our college is fortunate to have a great working relationship with one of South Mississippi's leading industries."

As part of the cooperative effort, Chevron will fund a fully equipped $320,000 Petrochemical lab for the Jackson County Campus. It will also employ up to six interns per year from the Petrochemical Technology Program and provide full student scholarships at approximately $1700 per year for four Petrochemical Technology Program students.

"Chevron's ongoing commitment has provided Gulf Coast students with the chance to gain knowledge and skills on state-of-the art equipment and with the most up-to-date resources available," said Anna Faye Kelley-Winders, vice president of Gulf Coast's Community Campus.

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