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$3,500 for PCIT program

Funds to help JJC acquire equipment

Published: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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PCIT Instructor Ed Meyers, LyondellBasell Morris Complex Site Manager Brian Angwin, and JJC President Dr. Deb Daniels stand together at the check presentation ceremony.

JOLIET – 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 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,” Meyers said. “We are grateful to LyondellBasell for these funds, which will be of great benefit to our students.”

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.

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 PCIT program, contact Meyers at emeyers@jjc.edu or visit www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions.career-technical/technical/process-instrumentation/Pages/default.aspx.

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