One of the challenges instructor Ed Meyers has faced while building Joliet Junior College’s Process Control and Instrumentation Technology (PCIT) program is finding the funds for the equipment needed in the classroom. Now, thanks to a $3,500 grant from the LyondellBasell Morris Complex, the program will be able to purchase much-needed Delta V control systems, an essential part of hands-on learning for PCIT students.
“This grant will open a lot of doors for students in our program, allowing them to learn on the type of equipment they would actually be using in the field,” said Meyers. “We are grateful to LyondellBasell for these funds, which will be of great benefit to our students.”
Meyers, along with JJC President Dr. Deb Daniels and Grant Writer Kelly Larson, accepted the donation from
Students in the PCIT program develop a strong background in system communications including distributive control systems (DCS), and programmable logic controllers (PLC) applications. This prepares them for in-demand technician positions at companies such as Citgo and Exxon Mobil, where they can potentially make $30 to $40 an hour.
“There are great career opportunities for PCIT technicians right now, and JJC is one of the few colleges in the area that offers the program to prepare students for these jobs,” said Meyers. “We’re grateful for partners like LyondellBasell, Citgo, Exxon Mobil, Will-Dupage ISA Section, and other partners that have helped us start purchasing the equipment that is essential for learning.”
Altogether, these partners have donated $16,500 to the program. Meyers added that he is hoping to raise additional funds for transmitters and other process control equipment that is still needed for the program.
For more information about the PICT program, contact Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/career-technical/technical/process-instrumentation/Pages/default.aspx.