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The chemical industry is growing by leaps and bounds

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The petro-chemical industry is growing by leaps and bounds, pouring billions of dollars into expansion, while worrying if it can find enough qualified workers.

A $500,000 grant, by ExxonMobil, is helping to address the problem.

The money will be used in a program, announced Friday, to help Baytown's Lee College and eight other Houston area community colleges to fast-track students into the industry with technical certificates and associates degrees.

ExxonMobil Chemical president Steve Pryor says, "Industry is investing; We need skilled workers; Houstonians need the work, if they can get the skills and these dedicated schools, out there, that have this training: We're putting all these together."

The average pay in the petro-chemical industry is $86,000 a year.

In the coming years, expansion is expected to create more than 300,000 direct and support jobs.

 

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