PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County has
received a grant totaling $100,000 from the PNC Charitable Trust to
train workers from Washington County for jobs created by the
construction of Shell Chemical's $6 billion ethane cracker plant in
Project Cracker Ready will prepare students for the burgeoning
number of technicians and commercial drivers that will be needed
for the 2020 completion of the plant, which will employ 600
individuals and will take 6,000 people to build. The enormous
project will require crews of technicians skilled in process
technology, building construction and facilities management and
will provide many offshoot employment opportunities. CCAC will
train students in mechatronics and commercial truck driving to help
meet these workforce needs. Classes will begin in the fall
The grant pays for all tuition, books and certification costs
that are not covered by financial aid, as determined by the
Free Application for Federal Student
"CCAC is excited to offer this incredible training and
employment opportunity," said Dr. Gretchen
Mullin-Sawicki, president, CCAC North Campus and West Hills Center.
"By joining CCAC's Mechatronics certificate program, students
will learn programming, process controls, electrical and mechanical
systems, robotics and additive manufacturing-all the skills needed
to be cracker plant-ready!"
Students in the 30-credit Mechatronics certificate program will
earn industry-recognized certifications and receive technology
training that is relevant to several industries including the
Marcellus Shale natural gas industry and the energy, manufacturing,
supply chain and logistics sectors. Job titles in the field include
production worker; expediting clerk; maintenance worker; inspector;
sorter; weigher; and process, electro-mechanical, industrial
maintenance and supply chain technician.
Students in the Commercial Driver's License program will
complete 8-10 weeks of training that will prepare them to pass the
PennDOT CDL exam. Graduates will then be placed with regional
companies as tractor trailer truck drivers.
The goal of the project is to recruit a minimum of 10 students
in the Mechatronics certificate program and six students in the CDL
program. All students must reside in Washington County and will be
required to complete a FAFSA application to determine if they are
eligible for financial aid. If additional funds are available once
financial aid is applied, more students will enter the program.
For more information on the Mechatronics certificate program,
contact Patricia Lee at email@example.com. For more
information on the CDL program, contact Theresa Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org.