CREATING EMPLOYEES FOR NEW INDUSTRIES RoyalDutchShell’s$7billioninvestmentto build an ethane cracker plant in Southwestern Pennsylvania is creating an immediate need for a highly trained workforce in the region. Shell estimates the project will require 6,000 construction workers to build the new facility over a five-year period, and an expected 600 permanent employees once it is complete.It is estimated that the project will eventually lead to the creation of more than 18,000 jobs. The Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) has been working to provide the education and training necessary to support this industry and launched its Process Technology associate degree program to directly address these needs.Students enrolled in CCBC’s Process Technology program train in a high-tech Industrial Maintenance Lab and at partnering facilities to gain hands- on experience as they learn and master the set-up, operation, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes. Current and future students will be prepared for high-demand careers that provide family-sustaining wages in growth industries,including chemical,petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp, water and wastewater, nuclear, composites, steel, food and beverage, and others. Graduates of CCBC’s Process Technology program earn starting wages of up to $60,000, with eventual salaries approaching six figures, and are equipped with capabilities in key processes and skills areas sought after by today’s employers. Graduates may also embark upon career pathways to pursue four-year and graduate degrees to become skilled managers and insightful leaders through transfer partnerships with a myriad of colleges and universities across the state. At CCBC, the Process Technology program and industry partnerships are combining to put Beaver County back to work by empowering the local workforce to realize unprecedented success for themselves and the region.