Channelview High School Senior Event

The Dream It. Do It.  Speaker’s Bureau presented a Career Awareness event at Channelview High School on February 16, 2016. Seniors were invited to attend and listened to career information from Mrs. Ludith Gonzales of San Jacinto College, Mr. Chad Burke of Economic Alliance Port Region, and Mr. Chuck Ziegler and Ms. Yulenti Deal, plant operators from Lyondell Basell.

Students were informed about the glut of retiring workers from the petrochemical industry and the potential careers available in that industry. All of the speakers stressed the amount of money that can be made in the petrochemical industry.

Mrs. Gonzales reminded students that San Jacinto College offers both certification and AAS degrees in Process Technology in their state of the art labs on campus. She also gave students the opportunity to fill out contact cards if they expressed an interest in the Process Technology field.

Mr. Burke presented slides showing how job vacancies are usually filled at area petrochemical plants, and reiterated the need for a trained workforce for this career path. He also shared that Mrs. Burke, a former lawyer, had left that field to pursue a career in the petrochemical industry.

Both Lyondell Basell plant operators, Mr. Ziegler and Ms. Deal, told of how their process technology jobs were personally rewarding and also provided a good living wage for them and their families.

If you are interested in a presentation from our Speaker’s Bureau, please contact Denise Smesny at or call 281-476-9176 x 2.