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INDUSTRY

2 The Baytown Sun

Friday, March 9, 2012

ExxonMobil: community leader since 1919

■ Industry giant teams with Lee College to create a well-trained work force BY JANE HOWARD LEE jane.lee@baytownsun.com

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s the largest petroleum and petrochemical complex in the United States and part of this community since 1919, ExxonMobil’s modern-day footprint in Baytown includes the Baytown Refinery, Baytown Chemical Plant, Baytown Olefins Plant, Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant, Americas Area Engineering Office and Baytown Technology & Engineering Complex. Keeping those sites staffed with well-trained people is of primary importance to the company and a partnership with Baytown’s Lee College helps to do just that. Since Lee College’s inception in 1935, ExxonMobil has donated more than $3.4 million to the school, most of that between 1995 and 2010 alone. Approximately $2.9 million of those funds were given to the Lee College Foundation and have been used for scholarships and other forms of support for students and educational programs. Some of the company’s support for Lee College has been

aimed at helping the school turn out a qualified workforce well prepared for industrial jobs. “Lee College and ExxonMobil have grown up together,” said Loic Vivier, plant manager of ExxonMobil’s Baytown Olefins Plant. “Though the years we have developed a partnership that has equally served both our interests. At ExxonMobil, we believe that our contributions to Lee College are an investment. We are investing in the future of our company and community.” The partnership is described by ExxonMobil’s public affairs adviser Connie Tilton as a “triple win” situation – good for the company, good for Lee College and good for those who want the training that can help them get good jobs in the petrochemical industry. LC’s Debi Jordan, the director of workforce and economic development for the college, agrees. “ExxonMobil has always been a faithful financial contributor to Lee College and its programs,” she said recently and provided some examples. • Since 2008 ExxonMobil has contributed five $125,000 gifts to-

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ExxonMobil Process Technology Program Lee College interns converse with their ExxonMobil mentors on site at the ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins Plant. From left are Chris West, Andy Guthrie, Crystal Davis and Julio Alanis.

taling $625,000, which are intended to support the college’s technical programs. In recognition of that generosity, the college’s board of regents named a signature program the “ExxonMobil Process Technology Program.” That program seeks to prepare students for careers as process technicians, research technicians and laboratory technicians in the

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petrochemical industry. • ExxonMobil has donated equipment to Lee College through the years, with the most recent donation being for the LC machinist/millwright lab for the Industrial Systems Technician Program. Value of that latest equipment donation was approximately $100,000. • In 2010 ExxonMobil and Lee

College partnered to create an internship program for process technology students. To date, every one of the interns, who earn good pay, college hours and invaluable experience while in the highly competitive program, has been hired on by the company upon completion of that internship. Later this year, the SEE LEADER • PAGE 10

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