HOUSTON (Feb. 13, 2015) – A class assignment turned into a full-fledged recruitment opportunity for Lone Star College-Kingwood students and the community.
The college’s project management class entered the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge, a national competition. The students won a $1,000 grant, which they will use to plan the first LSC-Kingwood Petrochemical Informational Fair and Expo. The event will take place on March 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Big Quad outside of the Performing Arts Center.
“The purpose of the fair is to recruit people to the oil and petrochemical manufacturing industry, said John LeBlanc, student. “This is not a job fair. Companies will not accept resumes, but they will speak to current students and the community on what it will take to succeed in this industry.”
The target audience for the LSC-Kingwood Petrochemical Informational Fair and Expo is the millennial generation, ages 16-35. According to LeBlanc, the need is great for qualified, skilled people to join this industry. The fair and expo will highlight the range of career opportunities and various paths to pursue a career in the industry.
“Employees can make up to $111,000 and those without a degree can make close to $60,000,” he said. “Although gas prices are down now, the prices will go up again soon and good employees will be wanted.”
Stated by AFPM, the need for qualified employees is expected to grow as the baby boomer generation begins to retire. Approximately 600,000 jobs will be available by 2023 and an additional 200,000 temporary jobs will peak in 2016.
According to AFPM’s website, it is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of the United States’ supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life.
For more information on the LSC-Kingwood Petrochemical Informational Fair and Expo, call 281-312-1712 or email John.M.Leblanc@LoneStar.edu.
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