Gift will fund creation of Shell Center for Process Technology Education at CCBC

Monaca, PA – During a milestone celebration of philanthropy and partnerships in CCBC’s Dome, Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) received a transformational $1 million gift from Shell today. The donation will fund the creation of the Shell Center for Process Technology Education at CCBC and help expand the College’s Process Technology program.

“This extraordinary investment from Shell is a result of a true partnership forged over the course of more than four years,” said CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber. “Shell’s support for our Process Technology program builds upon a recent $1 million investment from The Allegheny Foundation and further enables our College to provide tristate leadership for regional workforce development in the emerging petrochemicals industry and other advanced manufacturing industries. We are immensely grateful for our partnership with Shell and their leadership and support for educating the regional workforce for employment in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.”

The gift was announced in front of more than 200 guests at the CCBC Dome during an event that recognized and celebrated donors in CCBC’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. With the $1 million investment from Shell, The CCBC Foundation has secured nearly $6 million toward a five-year goal of $12 million to significantly advance the College in service to students and the region.

“Shell is glad to provide this gift to support the expansion of CCBC’s Process Technology program,” said Hilary Mercer, Vice President of Shell Chemicals. “Our partnership with the College has been developed and strengthened over the past several years and epitomizes the type of collaborative educational partnerships we strive to build in our communities.  We feel incredibly fortunate to have the Community College of Beaver County as our neighbor.”

Over the course of the past four years, CCBC has partnered with industry, government and the philanthropic community to develop a regionally distinctive Process Technology program to satisfy an unmet industry need. The four-semester associate in applied science degree program has grown to enroll nearly 70 students at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Graduates are prepared to fill critical roles responsible for the set-up, operation, monitoring, and control of today’s advanced manufacturing facilities and processes. These high-demand, high-paying careers are found in many industries, including chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, water and wastewater, nuclear power, composite manufacturing, steel manufacturing, and food and beverage.

To ensure program quality, CCBC has partnered with the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA), as well as industry and community leaders and advisors. The College’s Process Technology program is the only NAPTA-associated program within 300 miles of Pittsburgh.

“With the continued development of the Process Technology program, there has been a growing need to expand program facilities and technology to ensure students have access to the high-impact educational experiences they need to be successful,” said John Goberish, CCBC’s Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

Last December, CCBC announced a $1 million gift from The Allegheny Foundation to fund Phase I of CCBC’s Process Technology lab expansion project, which will renovate an existing classroom in the College’s Community Education Center and purchase a state-of-the-art pilot plant for use by students. Phase I renovations are scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the fall 2018 semester.

The investment from Shell will help fund Phase II of the expansion project, which includes a large-scale building addition to the Process Technology program’s existing facilities. This addition will provide a dedicated lab space and accommodate the variety of simulation equipment needed to provide a breadth and depth of educational experiences for future process technicians.

With today’s announcement, CCBC has secured nearly half of the proposed $4.5 million expansion project total.

“This generous donation by Shell is a critical step in CCBC’s capital campaign to help get the skills and credentials people need to work for Shell and the other employers that will come to Pennsylvania,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf during a video message aired at the event. “Congratulations to the Community College of Beaver County! Your school is a leader in job training and your multi-year collaboration with Shell has made this gift possible.”

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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.                 

Surrounded by current Process Technology students, CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber receives a $1 million gift from Hilary Mercer, Vice President for Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals, to fund the creation of the Shell Center for Process Technology Education at CCBC and to help expand the program.