Lee receives $250,000 from ExxonMobil

Lee College recently hosted a reception to celebrate its nearly 80-year partnership with ExxonMobil Corp., and to thank the company for its continued contributions to the college’s academic programs and student success initiatives.

Lee College and ExxonMobil representatives display an oversized check.

From left: Juan Reinoso, manager of the ExxonMobil Baytown Technology & Engineering Complex; Woody Paul, manager of the ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins Plant; Dr. Cathy Kemper, vice president of Learning for Lee College; Steve Cope, manager of the ExxonMobil Baytown Refinery; Dr. Dennis Brown, president of Lee College; Rob Tully, manager of the ExxonMobil Baytown Chemical Plant; Paul Fritsch, manager of the ExxonMobil Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant; Dr. Christina Ponce, vice president of Student Success, Resource Development and Workforce at Lee College; and Debi Jordan, executive director of the Center for Workforce and Community Development at Lee College.

During the event, held Tuesday, May 27, in the Performing Arts Center, plant managers from Baytown-area ExxonMobil refineries presented the college with a pair of checks. The first was a gift of more than $121,000 given as part of the 2013 ExxonMobil Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program, in which the company awards $3 for every $1 donated to the college by ExxonMobil employees, retirees and surviving spouses. ExxonMobil has donated more than $3 million to Lee College through the matching gift program since 1982.

The second contribution of $125,000 is designated for programs that train students for petrochemical careers. Since 2008, the company has given $875,000 to the college for similar technician training.

“It is rare among community colleges and industry to have a partnership like the one we share with ExxonMobil,” said Lee College President Dr. Dennis Brown. “ExxonMobil has continually stepped forward to help the college purchase equipment, provide faculty support and give our students every available resource and opportunity for success. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity as we work to ensure a quality program.”

ExxonMobil also provides internships to Lee College students, many of whom are offered full-time positions after completing their degree or certificate program. The company assists the college in applying for grant opportunities, offers special support to student-veterans, and allows its representatives to serve on academic advisory committees that help shape program curricula.

Most recently, ExxonMobil donated an additional $500,000 to the Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI), bringing its total investment to $1 million. Lee College is the lead institution in the CCPI, which brings together nine Texas Gulf Coast community colleges in an effort to recruit and train the next generation of workers for petrochemical careers.

“ExxonMobil is a proud partner of Lee College,” said plant manager Woody Paul, noting that Lee receives more donations than any other community college the company supports. “Your work in preparing and training the workforce of the future is invaluable. We look forward to many more great things as we continue to work together.”

Lee College offers more than 50 associate degree and certificate programs that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education and successful entry into the workforce and a variety of sought-after careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite office in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.