ECHS/LIT Demonstration Day

  • Students at Beaumont ISD's Early College High School (ECHS) were exposed to new programs in Lamar Institute of Technology's (LIT) new Technology Building October 27, 2017. They rotated through four stations with demonstrations in Process Operations (PTAC) and Instrumentation fields from Huntsman representatives. The chairs of the programs discussed the two educational pathways and career options.

    The opportunity was part of the Governor's Grant (Innovative Academy) with Educate Texas, which is through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). “We received a grant for $375,000 last year to establish pathways to the Petroleum and Refining Industry.  The grant was to create labs for Process operating and Instrumentation courses at ECHS,” explained BISD Director of Career Technology Dr. Miranda Phillips. “Part of the grant requires us to conduct activities with industry partners and our partnering institution of higher learning.”

    Students received information on the degree plan and looked at hands-on activities of the programs. They watched calibration demonstrations and heard about job opportunities, as well as taking a tour of the inside and outside mechanical labs.

    “This has been a great experience for the students. It allowed them to hear about all the career possibilities available outside of the chemical plants,” explained ECHS Interim Principal Melanie Pharis. “They were surprised to hear about jobs that use instruments and processes at Sea World and Disney World.”

    June Giddings, Career and College Readiness Models Coach (CCRM) with Educate Texas, was also on site to oversee the success of the grant. The current enrollment of ECHS includes 127 freshman and sophomore students; they will be eligible to take PTAC and Instrumentation classes as a junior.