As local petrochemical companies infuse billions of dollars into industry, Alvin Community College has recently been awarded a new certification for its Process Technology program.
The North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) awarded the ACC program an endorsement for meeting the group’s standards for education. NAPTA is a consortium of colleges, educators and industrial leaders that work together to develop curriculums for process technology education.
“Receiving their endorsement is our assurance that we are maintaining standards for our Process Technology program to ensure we are producing quality graduates and are successfully involved in the development of a diverse, qualified Process Technology talent pool to meet workforce needs in North America,” said Vic Kalsey, ACC Process Technology chair.
Like all ACC programs, Process Technology, or PTEC, strives to ensure that classroom instruction closely mirrors what graduates will see in the workforce, and a certification from NAPTA demonstrates just that, he said.
“Receipt of the 2017 endorsement means that the Process Technology Department at ACC has met the high standards established by the Organization,” Kalsey said.
The certification lasts for an entire year. Local industrial firms regard the certification as an indication that ACC grads are highly qualified.
“NAPTA audits Process Technology degree programs in North America,” Kalsey said. “They perform on-site audits of facilities, training materials and evaluation methods. NAPTA endorses those that meet its criteria.”
In 2016, ACC was awarded a 5-year, $3.8 million grant, that will, in part, upgrade equipment and curriculum offerings for the Process Technology program.
Photo: An ACC student checks her work during a Process Technology class.