News from BCPC & Brazosport CAER

The Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) mission is to understand the concerns of Brazoria County citizens relative to the chemical manufacturing industry and to inform/educate the citizenry about benefits member companies provide all residents. On this page are releases and announcements by the BCPC, it’s members, government and others that help promote and recognize the many contributions the petrochemical and chemical manufacturing industry are responsible for.

The Brazoria County Petrochemical Council Third Annual Signing Day for 2021 .

A record number of applicants, scholarships and jobs at the 2021 Signing Day.

From The Facts newspaper May 18, 2021.

CLUTE — Third BCPC Signing Day only the beginning. Josiah Hogan and his family were excited for him to sign with the Wood Group. “Just the opportunities that he’ll have,” mom Trina Hogan said.

They know he’ll do great, dad Ron said.

Josiah Hogan was one of eight graduating seniors to sign with the consulting and engineering company at its Clute office during the Brazoria County Petrochemical Council’s third annual Signing Day on May 10.

“This year we were able to have a record of 38 students that applied for the signing day through our county, and we were fortunate enough that we were able to find 19 of them jobs,” said Aaron Ennis, co-chair of the council’s workforce development committee and chairman of the signing day outreach. “The other 19 — they’re still on our list when companies call.”

Brazoswood High School’s Ivan Echartea signs with the Wood Group during Brazoria County Petrochemical Council’s Signing Day on May 10, 2021. Photo credit The Facts/Prentice C. James Special to the facts.

Unable to have the traditional large gathering because of COVID-19, this year’s Signing Day took place at several companies throughout the day and culminated in a virtual Zoom program in the evening incorporating a handful of speakers, including company representatives and Kelley Cope from Associated Builders and Contractors.

Eight students were awarded $1,000 scholarships from Associated Builders and Contractors to attend Brazosport College and continue craft training, Cope said.

Each of the 38 students who applied for Signing Day were guaranteed two interviews, and every student did an excellent job, Turner Industries Workforce Development Manager Carla Thompson said.

“There wasn’t a student I talked to over the last couple of weeks that didn’t impress me, and what I want you to know is, we wish we could hire all of you,” she said.

Turner urged them to continue learning and to continue checking in for new job opportunities.

“A lot of us have jobs that are gonna come up this summer,” she said. “Call all the companies that are part of this Signing Day, keep track of who they are, call their hiring offices a couple times a week and harass the daylights out of them.”

State Rep. Cody Vasut, R-Angleton, was scheduled to address attendees as well, but the House was still in session and he was unable to participate.

Participating organizations included BASF, Contech Services, Dow, KCG Industrial, Norrell, Olin, Phillips 66, Top Coat, Turner Industries, Wood and Zachry, said Jessie Jennings, director of career and technical education for Brazosport ISD.

“At least one or more students from each school was able to sign on with these organizations,” Jennings said. “I love the way it shook out to where each school is represented tonight.”

Each student who signed on with a company May 10 will start work as early as the summer. They’ll make good money, have good benefits and build connections — and ultimately have a future in local industry, Ennis said.

The future is bright for CTE and for industry in Brazoria County, too.

“Next year will also be a record year,” he said. “I can go on record and say that now, with the pace we’re moving, this event will only continue to grow up and down the Gulf Coast.”

Before closing the presentation, Ennis congratulated the signees and encouraged them to have the courage to be a beginner.

“Everyone on this call at one point or another, I can guarantee you, has been a beginner,” he said. “Sooner or later you won’t be a beginner, and you’ll be passing around your knowledge to other people. … If you continue to have courage and embrace being a beginner, it isn’t the end. Third BCPC Signing Day only the beginning. It’s only the beginning.”

Corinna Richardson is the content editor for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0150.

Brazoria County Petrochemical Council members donate to United Way of Brazoria County for COVID-19 Assistance BRAZORIA COUNTY – The Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) is stepping up in a big way to support community members who are struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo of the United Way in Brazoria County.
United Way of Brazoria County staff was delighted to receive a $43,500 contribution from the Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC). Left to right: Jenna Haviland-Alesna – Executive Director, Daisy Ozuna – Disaster Case Manager, Kori Jackson-Brown – Community Outreach Manager, Gloria Luna – Community Outreach Director, Nichole Toney – Disaster Case Manager, Jennifer Nelson – Community Resource Coordinator.

BCPC member companies BASF, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Dow, Freeport LNG, Huntsman, LyondellBasell, Olin, MEGlobal, Phillips 66, Shintech and Vencorex joined together to donate $43,500 to the United Way of Brazoria County to support their efforts to provide rent and utility assistance to clients who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “These are some incredibly difficult times, when people and businesses are affected by the health and financial crisis we all face, and the industry partners in Brazoria County recognize that this is a time for us to come together in support of those in need in our communities,” said Mike Albano, BCPC Chairman. “As BCPC members, we can bring the collective ideas and resources of our companies together to contribute and make a positive impact.” United Way Executive Director Jenna Haviland-Alesna said the contribution shows the collaborative spirt of Brazoria County’s businesses and community. “It is only when we come together that we can accomplish great things,” she said. “During uncertainty and the unknown, collectively, WE can make a difference. The private, nonprofit and governmental sectors must work together, and United Way is proud to partner with BCPC to ensure that Brazoria County is resilient during and after this crisis.” The Brazoria County Petrochemical Council (BCPC) is composed of 20 petrochemical manufacturing companies operating in Brazoria County. The BCPC’s mission is to understand the concerns of Brazoria County citizens relative to the chemical manufacturing industry and to inform/educate the citizenry about benefits member companies provide all residents. For additional information please contact Trish Thompson at thompspd@meglobal.biz or 832-802-9767.

Department of Homeland Security Identifies Chemical Industry as Essential Critical Infrastructure

MicroscopeAs part of the federal government response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), on March 19, 2020 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued via memo its list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. Under memo guidance, the U.S. chemical industry is identified as ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure’, an industry sector critical to public health and safety, economic and national security and should continue normal operations, while following CDC workforce and customer protection guidance. Click the link above to see and read the letter of declaration.

NEWS: Governments Identify Businesses that Should Remain in Operation During COVID-19 Pandemic

Following the U.S. Department of Homeland Securities’ recent identification of the U.S. chemical industry as Essential Critical Infrastructure, many regions, state and local governments are following suit to deem those businesses and sectors that should remain operating during the on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to follow the latest developments around the country.

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