FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Half a Million Dollars Raised for Greater Houston Area Workforce Development
EHCMA Golf Tournament Proceeds Equal Almost $1M in Three Years for Local Colleges
HOUSTON, December 1, 2016 – East Harris County Manufacturers Association’s (EHCMA) third annual Workforce Development Golf Tournament raised $500,000 to support technical programs and scholarships at local colleges. Since the first tournament three years ago, the event has raised almost $1M for this critical initiative.
Almost 100 companies in the petrochemical, construction and manufacturing industries came together on October 28 at Wildcat Golf Club for the shotgun-style tournament, which nearly doubled last year’s fundraising total of $275,000. Proceeds raised will be donated to provide scholarships and support Process Technology (PTEC) programs at San Jacinto College, Lee College and Houston Community College.
“I am blown away by the amount of support we have from our sponsors, industry partners and member companies. I want to give a special thanks to the Texas Chemical Council and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston for their partnership and support,” said EHCMA Chairman Monty Heins. “The successful fundraising of this event will make a huge difference in helping the next generation of the workforce take advantage of career opportunities within the petrochemical industry.”
With more than 50 percent of the region’s petrochemical and manufacturing employees retiring over the next few years, filling the pipeline of prospective employees with certified and skilled workers is imperative for the industry and the economy. EHCMA is committed to creating opportunities for local students to access education programs that provide the skills and certifications necessary for entry into the growing workforce.
For more information about the Workforce Development Golf Tournament and to see a list of 2016 sponsors, visit the Workforce Development page at EHCMA.org. Stay up-to-date with association news and events by following @EHCMA on Twitter, liking the EHCMA Facebook page and joining EHCMA’s mailing list.
The East Harris County Manufacturers Association is an alliance of more than 130 chemical manufacturers, refiners and supporting distribution facilities in Baytown, Deer Park, Houston, La Porte, North Channel and Pasadena. Its member companies transform natural resources into the materials needed to make many essential consumer products such as cosmetics, gasoline, jet fuel, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, electronics, building supplies, household goods, clothes, plastics, automobile parts and thousands of other everyday items that are a part of your daily routine. As the largest industry organization of its kind in the world, EHCMA is committed to delivering current news on events and issues that affect our industry. For more information, visit www.ehcma.org.
Fifth Ring, Public Relations for EHCMA