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Twelve Students Receive Certificates in Process Technology

Twelve students stood proudly on Tuesday afternoon at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted. The students were the first to successfully complete a new certificate program designed specifically for individuals with experience in the industry, but lack formal credentials. The Certificate in Process Technology program is a collaborative effort between the UVICELL Center, Virgin Islands Tech and the VI Department of Labor.

This intensive program was underwritten by the National Emergency Grant (NEG) through the V.I. Department of Labor to support dislocated Hovensa workers. It is a condensed version of the two-year Associates Degree in Process Technology offered at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) and incorporates all the technical components of that program. The Process Technology Certificate provides an opportunity for the participants to update and improve their skills while achieving valuable credentials from the University of the Virgin Islands to assist them in gaining employment.

To be certified as process technologists, students were required to complete the course work and pass comprehensive exams in five areas to include: Basic Refinery Processes and Economics, Safety, Health and the Environment, Process Control Theory and Applications for Operations, Statistical Quality Control for Operations, and Process Systems and Operations Troubleshooting.

“We are extremely pleased that we had an opportunity to collaborate on a program of this magnitude,” said UVICELL Director Ilene Garner. “This program is a small step helping the displaced workers on St. Croix and we look forward to offering this class again in early 2014,” continued Garner.

The twelve graduates who received their certificates Tuesday afternoon were: Kerol Bruney, Deleno Burroughs, Julio Camacho, Alvin Clement, Conrad Fleming, Phillip Joseph, Gary Mares, Joanna Patterson, John Rogers, Landon Tang Yuk, Demaine Wilson, Zdenek Zapletal. Eleven of the twelve individuals were certified as process technologists and one has already received employment in Texas.

For more information on the Process Technology program, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100.