“More than 50 percent of energy companies have labor shortages and the sector is struggling with solutions,” said Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson at a recent American Association of Blacks in Energy annual conference.
Lone Star College System is working hard to meet those needs with the construction of the Lone Star College Energy & Manufacturing Institute, a 70,000-square-foot, state-of-the art facility.
The EMI was developed by LSCS and Lone Star Corporate College in response to the national, state and local talent gap in the oil and gas, alternative energy, and manufacturing and mechanized (automated) production industries. It offers Lone Star College industry partners unparalleled access to state-of the-art classrooms and laboratories designed to prepare tomorrow’s energy technicians for the workplace.
“The workforce shortage has been caused by the retirement of current workers and company expansions to more worldwide locations,” said Linda Head, associate vice chancellor of workforce education and corporate partnerships. “This new facility will provide hands-on, job-related training that will help to fill those workforce needs.”
The EMI facility houses 28 labs, five classrooms, and two simulation rooms – designed to serve a larger student population and help meet this growing training need. EMI students learn cutting-edge techniques and processes in classes where low student-teacher ratios allow for personalized attention and supervision. With extensive input from energy and manufacturing industry partners, all instruction and equipment are relevant to current industrial specifications and needs.
Education and training at EMI is offered in Foundation Courses, HSE, Machining, Manufacturing, Engineering Technology, Maintenance, Energy Technology, Quality, Computer Technology, Logistics, Welding, Language Skills, English Language (ESOL) for the Workplace, Project Management, Frontline Supervision, and more.
The new Lone Star College Energy & Manufacturing Institute is located at the LSC-University Park campus at State Highway 249 and Louetta Road. EMI also operates satellite training at all Lone Star College campuses.
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