Galveston Bay refinery supports local college

Community News

Mary Ann Amelang, COM vice president of institutional advancement; Mark Perry, operations manager at Texas City refinery and vice president of COM foundation’s board of directors; Ruth Rendon, Galveston Bay refinery community relations; and Sandi Belcher, Collegiate High School principal.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City, Texas, donated $16,000 to the College of the Mainland (COM) to support its Collegiate High School program and for scholarships to students seeking a process technology (PTEC) degree.

“The generosity that Marathon has showered upon the Collegiate High School for the past 14 years has been second to none,” Collegiate High School Principal Sandi Belcher said. “Funds provided by the company have helped pay for college textbooks, software and field trips for students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds,” added Belcher.

“The partnership between MPC and COM helped lay the foundation for a successful PTEC program,” said Senior Community Relations Representative Ruth Rendon. “MPC employees played a vital role in helping set the curriculum for the two-year associate of applied science degree program and some have even taught classes. The PTEC program at College of the Mainland serves as a model for other colleges throughout the country when it comes to training students.”

The connection between MPC and COM also serves as a pipeline for potential hires. Over the years, more than 400 graduates have been hired to work at MPC’s Galveston Bay and Texas City refineries.

The Collegiate High School is a high school within COM that allows area high school juniors and seniors to take college courses. Many of the students are first-generation college students who end up earning an associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time. For the current school year, MPC is helping support 62 students.

“Without this assistance, these students, in most cases, would not be able to attend the Collegiate High School program,” Belcher said.