Teachers keep pace through externships

From left, Sun Products plant manager Craig Shultz with San Jacinto College instructors Mike Speegle and Greg Smith at the Sun Products facility.

From left, Sun Products plant manager Craig Shultz with San Jacinto College instructors Mike Speegle and Greg Smith at the Sun Products facility.

To keep up with industry trends and developments, two San Jacinto College process technology instructors recently completed externships at Sun Products, a local plant that manufactures detergents and biodiesel.

During the summer, Mike Speegle and Greg Smith completed 40 hours of refresher training at the plant located in the Bayport industrial complex to enhance their skills and learn about recent technological advancements. Smith is a full-time process technology instructor at the Central campus, and Speegle is the Central campus’ process technology department chair.

Speegle said technology changes, industry regulations and standards change, and process technology instructors must keep up with those changes.

“I was able to view equipment that I’m familiar with, but have never actually seen in operation,” commented Speegle. “I learned a lot and can use the experience to better educate our process technology students.”

Kudos to Mike and Greg for going the extra mile. Keep up the good work.