New RPCC facility to provide hands-on training for careers in industrial manufacturing

Published 12:22 pm Monday, November 15, 2021

GONZALES — ISC is pleased to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new Process Equipment Training (PET) Plant on the River Parishes Community College campus in Gonzales. Expected to be completed by Fall 2022, the plant will allow students hands-on experience in repair, maintenance, upgrades, turnarounds and other plant operational skills.

ISC donated engineering services to ensure the project became a reality for the betterment of the industry. A recognized leader in workforce development and industrial construction for over 30 years, ISC produced a detailed engineering design and provided critical support for the region’s first full-scale educational glycol plant. The facility will give students a training experience in an environment that accurately reflects a real industrial setting.

“ISC has been committed to supporting RPCC from the start of this project as we recognize the value the

PET facility can bring to ensure a highly trained industrial manufacturing workforce,” said Jerry Rispone, ISC’s Co-founder and CEO. “ISC was able to leverage comprehensive engineering solutions and industry-leading construction expertise to ensure quality training opportunities and rewarding career paths are available to tomorrow’s workforce. We are honored to play a critical role in making this project a reality and continue to remain committed to providing the most technical engineering and construction solutions to manufacturers.”

RPCC is investing $3.5 million in the construction of the plant and industry partners have contributed another $1.5 million in equipment, services and donations.

“River Parishes Community College is excited about the new PET Plant,” said Dr. Jim Carlson, Interim Chancellor of RPCC. This state-of-the-art training plant is a full-sized working production unit being built where students can safely learn on a fully functioning plant. ISC has been instrumental in the design of this unit, and we are grateful for their investment in our college and the overall community.”

For over 30 years, ISC has provided safe, high-quality electrical, instrumentation and controls solutions to global leading manufacturers. With offices in Baton Rouge, Beaumont and Houston, ISC’s team of associates offer full-service engineering, construction, and maintenance solutions throughout the United States.