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Shell donates $150,000 to CCBC

By Jared Stonesifer [email protected]: 19 Dec 2016

CENTER TWP. — Shell Chemicals Co. has donated $150,000 to the Community College of Beaver County to fund scholarships and help the college buy new equipment.

The money will go directly to CCBC’s process technology program, a curriculum created several years ago with Shell in mind. The associate degree program trains students for careers in manufacturing and industry, like the $6 billion ethane cracker plant Shell is planning to build in Potter Township.

According to CCBC officials, the money will help the college buy “hands-on learning lab resources and equipment that will enhance the learning experience for process technology students.”

That equipment includes an acrylic heat exchanger, a forced-draft cooling tower and a desktop distillation unit.

The $150,00 donation will also cover scholarships for full- or part-time students in the program. The number of scholarships that will be funded wasn’t released, but CCBC said the scholarships will have second-year renewal opportunities, based on student performance.

In a news release, CCBC officials praised Shell for its donation.

“Beaver County owes a great debt of gratitude to the Shell corporation, first for choosing us as the home for the cracker plant, and now again with this generous gift that will allow CCBC to train students for jobs that produce family-sustaining wages,” George Pacinda, chairman of the CCBC Foundation, said.

Furthermore, the CCBC news release said the gift will “further strengthen the college’s initiatives to recruit and train a diverse, skilled workforce” both for the Shell plant and for other industrial facilities in the region.

CCBC President Chris Reber thanked Shell for its “generosity and partnership.”

Shell spokesman Michael Marr said Monday the company was happy to provide the money to CCBC.

“We value them as an important educational resource for the students of today and our workers of tomorrow, and we look forward to continuing our work together in the months and years ahead,” he said.

Monday’s donation wasn’t the first time Shell gave money to CCBC. In February, Shell announced it had funded four partial scholarships to CCBC.

Shell also previously gave a total of $25,000 to local school districts to be used for science-related programs.

CCBC created its process technology program in 2015 after input from industry partners like Shell, FirstEnergy, Nova Chemicals and others. Those outside entities helped CCBC craft the curriculum, and those companies often contribute guest lecturers to talk to students.


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