GLOBAL INDUSTRY LEADERS INVEST $85,000 IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY
Funding from Chevron, BASF and the Ecolab Foundation to provide additional advanced educational technology for Process Technology Program
Monaca, PA – Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) has recently received $85,000 of philanthropic investment from industry leaders in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors to fuel the expansion of CCBC’s regionally-distinctive Process Technology Program. The gifts include investments of $70,000 from Chevron Appalachia, LLC, $10,000 from BASF, and $5,000 from the Ecolab Foundation, which will provide additional support to fund the purchase of state-of-the-art educational equipment for the expanding Process Technology program.
"These investments from Chevron, BASF, and the Ecolab Foundation are a clear endorsement of our Process Technology Program by industry leaders,” said CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber. “The gifts from global companies on our Process Technology Industrial Advisory Board will allow CCBC to provide our students the hands-on, high-impact educational experiences essential for training in today’s energy and advanced manufacturing careers. We are most grateful for these industry partnerships, which have helped shape our curriculum and continue to provide the resources our students and the region need to be successful.”
These investments will provide funding to purchase advanced educational trainers and demonstration technologies that will be utilized throughout the Process Technology curriculum. Additionally, these gifts build on the $1 million grant from The Allegheny Foundation announced in November to fund the Phase I expansion of the CCBC Process Technology Program and purchase a state-of-the-art pilot plant for use by students. Combined with The Allegheny Foundation grant, gifts from Chevron, BASF, and the Ecolab Foundation are directly supporting the second phase of CCBC’s Process Technology program expansion.
“CCBC’s Process Technology program is helping prepare the workforce needed for the career opportunities available to the region,” said Lee Ann Wainwright, STEM Education Investment Team Lead at Chevron. “Chevron is pleased to support CCBC’s efforts to educate and enable the workforce in our region to gain family-sustaining employment in energy and manufacturing.”
Over the course of the past six years, CCBC has partnered with industry, government and the philanthropic community to develop a regionally distinctive Process Technology program to address critical industry needs. The only program affiliated with the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) within nearly 300 miles of Pittsburgh, CCBC’s program has grown to enroll nearly 70 students at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester, with continued growth anticipated.
“BASF has been proud to partner with CCBC on the creation of the Process Technology Program over the course of the past several years,” said Dr. Elke Bleuel, Site Director at BASF’s Monaca location. “As a result of years of our partnership to grow a quality program at CCBC, we’re glad to make this investment in the Community College of Beaver County’s future growth.”
Shaped with feedback from a 40-organization Industrial Advisory Board, CCBC’s Process Technology associate degree program educates students to fill critical positions in high-demand, high-wage careers for energy and advanced manufacturing industries.
“Nalco has been honored to serve as a member of CCBC’s Process Technology Industrial Advisory Board,” said Cathy Ioanilli, HR Business Partner at Nalco, an Ecolab Company in Ellwood City, PA. “It was great to be able to connect our workforce collaboration with CCBC to the philanthropic impact of the Ecolab Foundation.”
These investments are valued gifts in the CCBC Foundation’s current major gifts campaign. The “Supporting Workforce Development” pillar of the campaign will help the College continue to develop and refine programs like Process Technology that address short- and long-term workforce needs, grow partnerships to create educational opportunities in a variety of high demand career sectors, and recruit and train a diverse, skilled workforce for Beaver County and the surrounding region.
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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.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron Appalachia, LLC is based in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania and manages the company’s natural gas assets in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future and combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of their customers in nearly all sectors, and almost every country in the world with a portfolio organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about $58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.
CCBC faculty, administration and students celebrate an $85,000 investment from industry partners Chevron, BASF and the EcoLab Foundation that will provide additional advanced educational technology for the College’s Process Technology program.
Pictured from left to right: Row 1 – Assistant Professor of Process Technology Bill Goodwin, Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs Kolton Codner, President Dr. Chris Reber, and Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education John Goberish; Row 2 – Process Technology students David Jena, Brandon Petroff, Alex Fragale, Bill Porada, David Agnello, and Michael Rock.