CCBC AWARDED $1 MILLION GRANT FROM RICHARD KING MELLON FOUNDATION TO FUND PHASE II OF PROCESS TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM EXPANSION

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The CCBC Foundation was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to support the college’s efforts to address current and future local petrochemical workforce needs.

This grant will be used to complete upgrades to equipment and technology necessary to prepare students for careers in process technology. The goal of the process technology program is to graduate students with the required skills for and demanded by Royal Dutch Shell and others in the petrochemicals industry.

“CCBC is grateful for another generous contribution to this important program,” said Roger Davis, interim president, CCBC. “These expansions, upgrades and enhancements will position CCBC as Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier provider of education and training to meet the workplace demands of the growing petrochemicals industry.”

Shell is investing in a $7 billion ethane cracker plant in Center Township, Pa., just minutes from CCBC’s campus, creating an immediate need for a highly trained and skilled workforce in the region.

Shell estimates that the project will require 6,000 construction workers to build the new facility and an expected 600 permanent employees once complete and operational.

The funding will be used to address CCBC’s process technology, instrumentation and controls and mechanical maintenance growth needs including a pilot plant, acrylic bench top and working demonstration models, maintenance trainers, cut-away equipment, high-fidelity PC-based operator training simulators, a process control learning system, and virtual welding software.

This recent grant is in addition to million dollar gifts received from the Allegheny Foundation and Shell Chemicals last year, and will fund Phase II of the college’s Scaling Up for Shell initiative, a $4.5 million capital program, and transformational investment into building the human capacity needed to respond to the needs of the region’s petrochemical industry.

“With the additional financial support, CCBC will quickly and efficiently scale-up programs and services to deliver world-class learning environments for students of all ages and backgrounds,” continued Davis. “Together, we will put Beaver County back to work.”