Monaca, PA – Following the historic announcement of Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC’S $1 million investment to expand and name Community College of Beaver County’s (CCBC’s) Process Technology facilities, 13 students, including two currently enrolled in the STEM High School Academy, were named recipients of the 2018 Shell Two-Year Associate in Technology Scholarship.

In celebration of these students’ hard work and dedication, and in recognition of CCBC’s strong partnership with Shell, a scholarship dinner took place in the College’s Learning Resources Center on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m.

During the event, students were congratulated for their commitment to excellence, celebrated for their career potential, and placed on a path leading to high caliber careers in the petrochemicals industry.

The following CCBC Process Technology students each received a $2,500 scholarship to continue their studies during the 2018-19 academic year:

  • David Agnello of Wampum
  • Matthew Chase of Wellsville
  • Dyara Cockfield-Williams of Aliquippa
  • Marina Fink of Beaver
  • Brodie Gillespie of Beaver Falls
  • Ethan Intrieri of Beaver Falls
  • Nathan Izotic of Darlington
  • Jeremy Kornblum of Midland
  • William Porada of New Castle
  • Linsey Romigh of Industry
  • Earl Sanders of Ellwood City
  • Zachary Todd of Beaver
  • Chelsie Vukich of New Brighton

Marina Fink and Jeremy Kornblum are Western Beaver High School students currently enrolled in CCBC’s STEM High School Academy.

The scholarship is funded through a gift from Shell for both 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; Business Integration Lead Michael Marr; External Relations Adviser Joe Minnitte; Community Liasion Shannon Debes; Technology Manager Arthur Bailey; Workforce Development and Diversity Outreach Manager Frazier Wilson; HR Manager PA Chemicals and CCBC Trustee Brian Gelb; Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Fred Whipple, and Vice President, Pennsylvania Chemicals Project Hilary Mercer, joined the students and their families, along with CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber; Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education John Goberish; Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs Kolton Codner, 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 residents by ensuring that they are well-prepared for current and future technical, STEM-related jobs in our region.”

In November and December of 2017, a team of managers from Shell spent three days on CCBC’s campus conducting mock interviews and mentoring CCBC’s Process Technology students 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 and skilled local workforce for careers available at the Potter Township ethane cracker plant and throughout the regional petrochemicals industry.

“The entire CCBC community congratulates our students for earning this scholarship and commends their hard work and dedication,” said Dean John Goberish. “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 ours that will help put Beaver County back to work.”

CCBC’s four-semester associate in applied science degree program in Process Technology has grown to enroll nearly 70 students as of the fall 2017 semester. To guarantee program quality and credibility, the College has partnered with the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA), industry advisers, and community leaders.

CCBC’s Process Technology program is the only NAPTA-associated program within 300 miles of Pittsburgh. For more information, visit or call 724-480-3567.

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 About Community College of Beaver County

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. The college has an annual enrollment of 6,000 credit and non-credit students. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.

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Thirteen CCBC Process Technology students celebrate being named recipients of the 2018 Shell Two-Year Associate in Technology Scholarship at an awards dinner on Tuesday evening at the campus’s Learning Resources Center.