Gov. Wolf at Process Tech Education Center Groundbreaking Vows to Build Strongest Workforce in the Nation

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Monaca, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vowed to build the strongest workforce in the nation, citing an example set by the continued expansion of the Shell Center for Process Technology Education at the Community College of Beaver County. While at the center’s Phase II groundbreaking ceremony, the governor congratulated the college for its efforts to train skilled professionals for careers at the Shell Ethylene Cracker Plant and related industry facilities.“When you have a project like the Shell Ethylene Cracker Plant that has the potential to create more than 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, you need to find ways to train the workforce, and collaborative efforts like this between education providers and employers are one of the best ways to do that,” Gov. Wolf said.Last year the college secured a $1 million gift from Shell and a $1 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to help fund the Phase II addition to the Shell Center for Process Technology Education. The Pennsylvania Department of Education provided a matching $2 million grant to move forward with the construction for which the groundbreaking took place today.CCBC’s four-semester associate in applied science program in Process Technology, or PTEC, trains students to be process technicians. These professionals are responsible for the set-up, operation, monitoring, and control of today’s advanced manufacturing facilities and processes. Graduates are equipped to fill critical roles for high-demand, high-earning careers in industries that include chemical, petrochemical, nuclear power, and steel manufacturing among others.One of Gov. Wolf’s initiatives to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce is the new Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center, which is led by a team of three private sector industry leaders and three of Wolf Administration cabinet secretaries working together to identify and quickly react to roadblocks faced by businesses in Pennsylvania.The Command Center is constantly seeking creative solutions to address the state’s education and workforce needs through employer engagement, and sharing these promising practices so workers can easily find the next steps to move out of a low-wage job and into a family-sustaining career and existing businesses can find skilled workers to fill openings so potential businesses see that Pennsylvania has the workforce it needs.In addition to the Command Center, Gov. Wolf’s plan to create the strongest 21st workforce includes:• Expanding PAsmart, a new innovative $30 million investment in STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training that prioritizes partnerships among schools, employers and communities. The governor is proposing an additional $10 million for PAsmart to expand job training to more adult workers.• Proposing the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) in the 2019-20 budget. SWEAP builds on the success of PAsmart to provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The plan expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector.• Launching the Apprenticeship and Training Office resulting in 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, increasing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,866 statewide.• Starting the Manufacturing PA Initiative to support critical training in the important sector of that economy.• Joining the Skillful State Network, a nonprofit initiative of the Markle Foundation to emphasize the importance of skills so workers, particularly those without four-year college degrees, can get good jobs in the changing economy.“As a business owner, I recognize the importance of workforce development,” Gov. Wolf said. “So, I’ve set an ambitious goal of making Pennsylvania’s workforce the strongest in the nation. We want to be ready to heed the call when a company, like Shell, decides to call Pennsylvania home.” Gov. Wolf at Process Tech Education Center Groundbreaking Vows to Build Strongest Workforce in the Nation May 02, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Chevron sets 2018 capital budget at $18.3 billion

first_imgChevron’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Asia Energy (Image courtesy of Chevron)US-based energy giant and LNG player Chevron announced a 2018 capital and exploratory spending program of $18.3 billion.This figure includes $5.5 billion for the company’s share of expenditures by affiliated companies.This budget is some 4 percent less than this year and lower for a fourth year in a row.“Our 2018 budget is down for the fourth consecutive year, reflecting project completions, improved efficiencies, and investment high-grading,” said chief executive John Watson.“We’re fully funding our advantaged Permian Basin position and dedicating approximately three-quarters of our spend to projects that are expected to realize cash flow within two years,” he said.Watson went on to say that with production currently exceeding guidance in the Permian, the company’s 2018 plan should deliver both “strong production growth and solid free cash flow, at prices comparable to what we’ve seen this year.”Breaking down the numbers, in the upstream business, about $8.7 billion is forecasted to sustain currently producing assets, including $3.3 billion for the Permian and $1 billion for other shale and tight rock investments.Approximately $5.5 billion of the upstream program is planned for major capital projects underway, including $3.7 billion associated with the future growth project at the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan.Global exploration funding is expected to be about $1.1 billion. Remaining upstream spend will be for early stage projects supporting potential future developments, Chevron said.About $2.2 billion of planned capital spending is associated with the company’s downstream businesses that refine, market and transport fuels, and manufacture and distribute lubricants, additives and petrochemicals, Chevron added.last_img read more

Super Eagles Go for Broke against Desert Foxes

first_imgKunle Adewale and Edhowo EnakenoThe Super Eagles of Nigeria will today at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, take on the Desert Foxes of Algeria in a game Nigeria must win to be in a good stead of hoisting her flag at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.In a telephone chat with THISDAY ahead of today’s crunchy battle, former Nigeria international, Friday Ekpo said, “Every footballer holds his country’s colour in high esteem and therefore, their priority is to make great impact and make sure his country wins. The coach will be under slight pressure no doubt, but he should keep to his game plan and be focused to get the desired result.” Asked if he was satisfied with the caliber of players invited to prosecute the game, he reacted thus:“The players invited are what we have for now and we must maximise their potentials and what we owe them is our support for them to achieve their goal of coming to play for the country,” Ekpo said.On whether Algeria can count on their past successes over Nigeria in today’s game, he replied, “We keep playing them every now and then. But it is not the same players we played then. its a different ball game and mindset. We just needed to concentrate on our own plan, map out our strategy and concentrate. Our attitude should be to win at the end of the day I believe Nigeria would come out victorious”.The former Shell of Gabon player, however dismissed the insinuation that Nigeria is playing in a very difficult group ‘group of death’, saying, “If you want to be a true champion you must be ready to play the best in the continent, and I strongly believe Nigeria would emerge tops from the group.”The team had been involved in vigorous training in Abuja under the watchful eyes of the technical crew led by Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr before jetting out to Uyo on Wednesday.Super Eagles players have been in fine form for their various clubs, but Rohr is not carried away by that but had rather called on his team to stay grounded.A win against the Greens in Uyo will put the three-time African kings in good position to reach Russia 2018.But, while acknowledging Nigeria ‘s confidence, the German added that there was still plenty of work to do before facing the north African giants.“I believe all the games in this group will be difficult to win because all the four teams are very strong. Algeria which is the number one team in Africa must be disappointed for dropping points at home against Cameroon. They will come to Uyo very well prepared against us. So mathematically, it was a good operation for us that we won in Ndola; and we are the only teams that have three points after the first round of matches. The preparation has been to look at our players in their clubs because we cannot play any friendly match” he told Caf website.“We have to analyse the matches and we also have to keep eyes on our players because we have started building a new team with many young players. It was good we have two wins after two matches (Tanzania and Zambia) which is good for our confidence but there is still a lot of work to do.”On the reported injury scare in the Eagles’ camp, media officer for the team, Toyin Ibitoye said there was no cause for worries as the players excused from Tuesday’s sessions would all have a go in Wednesday’s activities. They (Brown Ideye, Leon Balogun and Shehu Abudulahi) are all good to go, the coach only left them out of Tuesday’s training as a precautionary measure,” he explained.Till date, there has been 17 clashes between both teams (all at competitive level), with Nigeria winning eight times, drawing three and losing six. And Nigeria captain, Mikel John Obi, was less than three years old the last time Algeria defeated Nigeria, in the final of the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations in Algiers.The first clash between both countries was on 10th January 1973, during the football event of the 2nd All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted. The match ended 2-2. Seven years later, the Green Eagles would thrash the Algerians 3-0 to lift their first Africa Cup title.In their last four confrontations, the Eagles have enjoyed a winning streak against the Algerians, which is more than the three consecutive wins Algeria had over Nigeria between October 1981 and March 1982. In the qualifying race for Espana ’82, Algeria beat Nigeria 2-0 in Lagos and 2-1 in Constantine, and the Fennecs then came from behind to edge the Eagles 2-1 at the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya.Meanwhile, Algeria Football Federation President, Mohamed Raouraouia has tasked the Fennecs to go for a win against the Super Eagles. The North Africans drew their first fixture against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 1-1 in Bilda and needed to win the tie to boost their qualification chances.And Raouraouia has charged the players to give their all in the game and ensure they made their nation proud. “You have a duty to come back with a positive result from the match against Nigeria,” Raouraouia was quoted as telling the players.“All the Algerian people are behind you. They support you and hope for a good result in Nigeria. We must not disappoint, it’s all I can say. The World Cup is an important event that should not be missed. You should know that everyone is behind you,” added the Algerian FF president.However, former Nigerian international, Kanu Nwankwo, believes the Super Eagles have a great chance of beating Algeria’s Desert Warriors today in Uyo. Kanu says the attitude and body language of the players fills him with enormous confidence that a win could be on the cards for the Super Eagles today.“I can see the joy and happiness in our Super Eagles players, that’s sign of good team spirit and the will show it in the game against Algeria,” Kanu wrote on his official twitter account, @papilokanu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more