Women in Industry Conference scheduled for February 19

Petrochemical refineries need to replace as much as 40 percent of current employees over the next decade—due to plant expansions and an aging workforce.

The need has created a “perfect storm” for women in what was once a virtually exclusive male profession.

But no more. The region’s nine community colleges, partnering as the Community College Petrochemical Initiative, are encouraging women across the Gulf Coast to explore options in the petrochemical industry in a day-long event on Friday, Feb. 19, at the Galvez Hotel in Galveston.

Attendees will hear from women already working the industry about actual job experiences, how to best prepare for these careers, what training is required, and how to network with other women while on the job.

The conference will include lunch and feature exhibits by area companies. Women will be given time to ask questions, network with women and industry representatives, and make “real connections” with educators, including opportunities to enroll in upcoming classes.

More than 300 women are expected, with participants divided between high school students, women seeking challenging and more lucrative careers, and women already in the field looking to advance in their career path.

To learn more about Women in Industry, contact Kelly Dando, CCPI grant coordinator, at 281.425.6221, or kdando@lee.edu.

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