As part of Celebration Week and as a precursor to its 50th Commencement, Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) celebrated Phase II ground breaking of the Shell Center for Process Technology Education on Thursday at an event that included College and government officials, Shell leadership, industry representatives, successful graduates, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

CCBC’s process technology program provides crucial and necessary training for the region’s future energy and advanced manufacturing workforce.

“Nearly three years ago, Shell chose Pennsylvania for its news cracker plant and thousands of new jobs,” stated Governor Wolf during his remarks. “I am proud to be in Monaca today for the groundbreaking of the Shell training center at CCBC. This facility will prepare students for high-paying jobs that will be available at the plant.”

The Phase II facility expansion features a large brick and mortar addition to accommodate additional dedicated lab space and simulation equipment, enabling expanded breadth and depth of education experiences for future process technicians. The purpose-built process technology lab will incorporate of state-of-the-art education equipment, including: 

  • Acrylic bench top and working demo models: allows students to gain hands-on practice
  • Cut away equipment: provides students with most common valves found in process-related industries
  • High fidelity PC based operator training simulators: provide operation training simulations for a wide variety of plant operating conditions
  • Process control learning system: allows students to study and practice calibrating, adjusting, installing, operating and turning thermal process control systems in industrial applications
  • Virtual welding equipment: teaches real-life welding skills in a simulated environment

“Over the past five years, CCBC has partnered with Shell and other industry leaders in the public and private sectors to identify current and future needs of the petrochemical industry. We are pleased to be moving into the final phase of this expansion, and to provide an even better educational experience for our students, “said CCBC President Dr. Roger Davis.

Participants in the ground breaking included six recent CCBC alumni from the Process Technology program that have already secured employment at the Shell Polymers project as operators.

“Community colleges like CCBC lead workforce development efforts for industry, and they are critical to the tristate region’s energy and advanced manufacturing workforce,” said Plant Manager for Shell Polymers Jeff Krafve. “Congratulations to CCBC and the region on this investment in the workforce of the future.”

Shell is investing in a $7 billion ethane cracker plant in Potter 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.

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CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 64 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.


CCBC President Roger W. Davis, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Shell Polymers Plant Manager Jeff Krafve break ground on Phase II of the Shell Center for Process Technology Education on Thursday.