On Thursday, Nov. 5, Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) held an Open House to showcase the new home for the Process Technology (PTEC) program. Originally housed at the college's Frazier Building, in downtown Baton Rouge, the PTEC program now resides at BRCC's Central location, 10700 Hooper Road.
The Open House event provided an opportunity for local industry representatives to tour the new facility, including the glass labs and the recently installed Glycol Unit.
"The Glycol Unit will provide a real-world, hands-on experience for our students that we could not offer prior to the start-up at our new site. The additional space will also facilitate the expansion of our enrollment," said Charles Freeburg, senior vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions at BRCC.
During the event, BRCC awarded Alden Andre, vice president of Formosa Plastics Corporation, a token of appreciation for his hard work, service, and dedication to the PTEC program. Andre expressed his excitement about the progress the college has made thus far.
"Refineries are expanding, so the need for more operators is increasing," said Andre. "This project started a long time ago, and I'm excited to finally see it come to fruition."
BRCC's PTEC program trains students to become refinery, chemical, and other industry related operators. The curriculum, which leads to the Process Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree was developed in collaboration with local industry.
Upon graduation from the program, students are prepared to enter the employment market as entry-level process operators. To learn more visit www.mybrcc.edu.