Phillips 66 and Chevron Phillips Chemical are teaming up with
the Sweeny Independent School District in Texas to help fund
the creation of a petrochemical
companies announced on Friday.
Phillips 66 and Chevron Phillips Chemical are making an
initial combined contribution of $1.6 million to the academy
as part of their continued commitment to education and
workforce development initiatives in the communities where
This occupational education program will allow students the
opportunity to take dual credit college courses while
attending high school.
"I believe that the significant support from Phillips 66 and
Chevron Phillips Chemical in developing our petrochemical
academy relates well
with the intent of House Bill 5 in that it will assist the
district in preparing students to be career-ready, said
Randy Miksch, superintendent of the Sweeny ISD.
Being able to offer dual credit courses in process technology
millwright, pipefitting and welding will help students gain
certifications and advancement to an associate degree, which
in turn will benefit the students and industry," he
"It is our hope that these educational and internship
opportunities will help us produce highly qualified
career-ready future employees for both Phillips 66 and
Chevron Phillips Chemical.
Enacted by the Texas Legislature during the 83rd session,
House Bill 5 made substantial changes to the state's
curriculum and graduation requirements, assessment program
and accountability system. A key component of the legislation
allows college preparatory courses to be offered for dual
The $1.6 million combined contribution by Phillips 66 and
Chevron Phillips Chemical will support the purchase of
equipment, building renovations, and scholarships for juniors
and seniors enrolled in Sweeny ISD and surrounding school
systems. Subsequent contributions will be made in coming
years to help cover ongoing maintenance
and operation costs
and additional equipment.
We have significant growth plans for our operations in
this region, so its exciting to know that students who
enroll in classes at the academy will gain college-level
skills before they even graduate high school, said
Willie Tempton, manager of the Phillips 66 refinery
in Sweeny. That
means a well-trained workforce for industry in our area and
good paying jobs for young Texans looking for a career right
here at home.
The petrochemical academy is expected to kick off classes
with the start of the new school year on August 25.
We see this academy as the beginning of bolstering a
pipeline of petrochemical
talent in our
area, said Wayne McDowell, manager of Chevron Phillips
Chemicals plant in Sweeny. This includes talent
to construct and operate our US Gulf Coast petrochemicals project
, which is expected to
create 200 long-term jobs as well as 5,000 construction
and engineering jobs