|Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) and the Paulsboro Refining Company announce a new scholarship /internship and Process Technology associate degree program on Friday, May 6. (Pictured left to right sitting: Paulsboro Refining Company Operations Manager Michael Capone and RCGC President Frederick Keating; standing left to right: Paulsboro Refining Company Senior Community Relations Specialist Mark Wilgus, Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons and RCGC Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Dr. Brenden Rickards.)|
Faculty and staff from Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) and Gloucester County officials joined representatives at the Paulsboro Refining Company to announce a partnership between the organizations that will launch a scholarship and internship program along with a new Process Technology associate degree program.
"Today's announcement of both the new degree program and the scholarship is the culmination of two years of effort by many different people and it is a fantastic partnership," remarked Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. "We are thrilled that a degreed Process Technology program will be available to students for careers in the petroleum and chemical process industries and that Paulsboro Refinery will offer four full scholarships to our residents."
The partnership is part of a new Process Technology degree program that combines classes taught at RCGC with a hands-on scholarship and internship program made available through the refinery to qualifying students pursing the new degree program. Four scholarships offering 100 percent tuition, fees and books for two academic years will be accessible to RCGC students majoring in Process Technology. Those receiving scholarships will also participate in a 10-week paid summer internship at Paulsboro Refining Company. Non-scholarship students will also be eligible to apply for the internship.
"It has long been our focus at RCGC to not only provide an high-quality, affordable education, but also to ease the transition for our students into the next phase of their lives – be it a continuation of their education at a four-year college or a direct pathway to their chosen career," said RCGC President Frederick Keating. "This collaboration will provide education and hands-on experience in a field within our local economy, as well as a cost-free education for those selected to receive the scholarship."
The collaboration between RCGC, Gloucester County and the Paulsboro Refinery was the result of conversations and planning over a period of several years, explained Freeholder Heather Simmons: "When the County's Workforce Development Board learned that there was a need for this type of training and education in our region, we brought RCGC and Paulsboro Refinery together. The county is grateful to work with RCGC and companies like Paulsboro Refinery because they meet our residents need for quality jobs and access to quality education. Having a trained and skilled workforce is the ingredient to the economic success of our county."
The Process Technology program is the most recent addition to RCGC's rapidly-growing selection of majors, options and certification programs. It is designed to prepare students for careers in the petroleum and chemical process industries. The program curriculum will provide students exposure to a scientific background emphasizing hands-on work and critical thinking skills. Students will be able to enroll in the program starting September 2016.
"We are pleased to be partnering with Rowan College at Gloucester County for the purpose of launching the new Process Technology associate degree program," said Michael Capone, Operations Manager at the refinery. "With this program we can now offer a clear path to great refinery careers without ever leaving Gloucester County. And with the available scholarships, there are very real opportunities to get great paying jobs with outstanding benefits and in a very economical way."
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.