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     Twelve students from Community College of Beaver County’s (CCBC) Process Technology program were named recipients of the 2017 Shell Two-Year Associate in Technology Scholarship, taking the first step towards a high caliber career in the petrochemicals industry.

     In celebration of these students’ hard work and dedication, and in recognition of CCBC’s strong partnership with Shell Chemicals, a scholarship dinner was held in the college’s Learning Resources Center on Wednesday, February 1, where the students were congratulated for their commitment to excellence as well as their career potential.

The following CCBC Process Technology students each received a $2,500 scholarship to continue their studies during the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Andrew Doby of Ambridge 
  • Jody Eldridge of Zelienople
  • Alexander Fragale of Aliquippa  
  • Terence Gettings of Rochester
  • Jared Hartle of New Brighton
  • LaChae Irish of Pittsburgh
  • Cory Landman of New Brighton
  • Victoria Palinski of Ellwood City
  • Eric Popovich of Monaca
  • David Price of Baden   
  • Bruce Searight of Aliquippa
  • John Wilson of Beaver

     The scholarship, which is funded through a gift from Shell, is available for full- and part-time Process Technology students and has second-year renewal opportunity based on student performance.

     Shell’s senior management team led by Production Manager Hans Jan de Jong, Technology Manager Arthur Bailey, Workforce Development Specialist David Esquibel, and External Relations Advisor Joe Minnitte joined the students and their families at the event along with CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber, CCBC Provost Dr. Roger Davis, and members of the process technology program’s faculty and staff.

     “When our students succeed we all succeed,” said CCBC President Chris Reber. “These Shell scholarship recipients are shining examples of that philosophy in action. CCBC and Shell Chemicals share a commitment to educating and supporting these students and other local residents, and ensuring they are well-prepared for the current and future technical, STEM-related jobs in our region.”

     In November and December of 2016, a team of managers from Shell spent three days on CCBC’s campus conducting mock interviews and mentoring CCBC’s Process Technology students in order to determine this year’s recipients based on academic excellence and career potential in the energy industry.

     By providing this scholarship, Shell continues to support CCBC’s #1 priority – to recruit and train a diverse, skilled workforce for careers available at the new ethane cracker plant in Potter Township and throughout the petrochemicals industry and beyond.

     “The entire CCBC community congratulates our students for earning this scholarship and commends their hard work and dedication,” said John Goberish, Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education. “CCBC also thanks Shell for demonstrating what it means to be a true community partner and an active contributor to the success of training programs like Process Technology that are developed to put Beaver County back to work.”

CCBC’s process technology program is designed with industry input in order to address high priority workforce needs and meet industry-specific training requirements. 

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Twelve CCBC Process Technology student scholarship recipients are flanked by Shell representatives and the CCBC faculty and administration at a dinner in their honor on Wednesday, February 1 on the main campus.