Shell donates $100,000 to RPCC Foundation

Jordan Tremblay and Lillie Murphy
(L to r): Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical College President; Anthony “Tony” Bacala, Representative District 59; Gary Miller, Representative District 56; Johnny Berthelot, Representative District 88; Edward “Ed” Price, Senator District 2; Eddy Lambert, Senator District 18; Gary Smith, senator, district 19; Dale Doty, President of RPCC; Rhoman Hardy, Shell VP of Gulf Coast Manufacturing Operations; Allen Pertuit, Shell Convent Refinery General Manager; Clay Schexnayder, Representative, District 81.

Shell recently announced a $100,000 contribution to the River Parishes Community College (RPCC) Foundation to assist in the development and construction of a one-of-a-kind, full-scale process equipment trainer (PET) for students in the River Region.

Allen Pertuit, Shell convent Refinery General Manger, and Rhoman Hardy, Shell VP of Gulf Coast Manufacturing Operations, were on hand to deliver the good news and affirm Shell's commitment to the school's PET project. The Shell leaders made the announcement during a recent visit by Louisiana Community College (LCTCS) and RPCC leadership and the local legislative delegation, to Shell's convent Refinery in St. James Parish.

Shell's donation will be used to facilitate the civil work, including construction management of the foundation, for this extraordinary training unit that is strategically located at RPCC's campus in Gonzales, La. near three large world-scale Shell Manufacturing facilities in the River Region.

Working to construct the Gulf Coast's premier industrial training facility, RPCC is building the full-size, fully functional glycol distillation tower designed specifically to train process technicians and other industrial maintenance and craft specialists. The facility will give students a training experience in an outdoor industrial setting, unique for a community college, and reflects industrial operations throughout the region.