Five receive process technology scholarships

Michael Tortorich
The Ascension Industry Group presented a $27,000 check to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn Gonzales during the annual PTEC scholarship breakfast.

David Anthony, Lori Griffen, Joshua Guitreau, LaJuan Hebert and Ron Mouille received scholarships Thursday morning during the annual PTEC scholarship banquet at the Holiday Inn Gonzales.

PTEC, or process technology, is the standardized curriculum for a two-year associate of applied science degree that prepares students to work as process operators in the chemical, oil and gas, power and pharmaceutical industries.

The program is available at community and technical colleges in several areas of Louisiana, including Gonzales and Baton Rouge.

Eleven Ascension Parish chemical companies sponsor the scholarship.

The goal is to build a better workforce through development and curriculum, marketing and recruiting, strategic planning and career awareness.

Career Builders of Louisiana Executive Director Terry Simmons said the initiative addresses worker shortages.

“It’s been a huge success,” Simmons said of the program, which is in its eighth year.

“It’s not about just dollars and cents, it’s about people,” he said.

The success of all industries are driven by people, he added.

“It’s going to be driven by a human being at the end of the day,” Simmons said.

Tia Edwards, deputy executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, said the scholarship recipients have a “great opportunity.”

“Not everyone has this opportunity,” she said. “You are among the few.”

Dr. Monty Sullivan, executive vice president of LCTCS, said much has changed over the last decade since the program was implemented.

He said the scholarship is a way to gain skills and an education.

“It’s about a stable life. It’s about a good life for yourself and your family,” Sullivan said. “You have a golden opportunity.”

The Louisiana Chemical Association and its member companies support PTEC as a way to avoid worker shortages.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission, which is a part of the Governor’s Office, also recognizes the program as a solution to shortages in the chemical industry.

Millions in state money have been used to build glass laboratories at community and technical colleges that offer PTEC.

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