Houston Operations Monty Heins a Featured Speaker at STI Workshop

HOUSTON - July 19, 2016 - Monty Heins, site leader for Houston Operations, spoke recently at the Texas Chemical Council/Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (TCC/ACIT) Annual Science Teachers & Industry (STI) Workshop in Houston. The workshop, first offered in 1990, provides Texas science teachers in grades 6-12 with valuable educational insight and information regarding the chemical manufacturing industry and the environment.  This information positively influences their instruction to hundreds of students each year.

“This year’s Science Teachers and Industry workshop aims to provide teachers with a unique perspective on the chemical industry’s concern for the health and safety of its workers, the community and the environment,” said John Koegel, reliability improvement leader for Performance Monomers at Dow Houston Operations and STI Workshop chairman.

Among the topics Heins covered during his presentation were an overview of the importance of the Houston ship channel to the region, why today’s students are so critical to the Petrochemical Industry, and how teachers can help plant the seeds of science – and STEM as a whole – to help students gear their minds towards future careers in the industry. Heins focused on one specific tool funded and developed between East Harris County Manufacturing Association (EHCMA), JP Morgan Chase & Co. and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), called PetrochemWorks.com, which pairs students with potential career options based on their particular set of skills and interests.

Those interested in seeing an overview of PetrochemWorks.com can watch a short video here. A short promo trailer currently being shown in Houston-area theaters prior to the start of movies can be seen here. More information is available at www.PetrochemWorks.com.