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HCC welcomes new Port Executive Director Leonard D. Waterworth

HOUSTON (August 3, 2012) – In honor of the longstanding relationship Houston Community College has had with the Port of Houston Authority, HCC welcomed the port’s new Executive Director Leonard D. Waterworth at a reception at HCC Southeast Aug. 2.

HCC Chancellor Mary S. Spangler and HCC Board of Trustees Chair Mary Ann Perez were joined by HCC Trustees Bruce Austin and Eva Loredo, and HCC Southeast President Irene Porcarello to welcome Waterworth as he begins his responsibilities of leading the port into the future, preparing it to grow with the increased demand in maritime commerce and to secure its position as the Greater Houston Area’s gateway to economic growth and stability.

The Port of Houston has been an important part of the Houston community for almost 100 years. The port is a critically important economic engine for our region and nation, generating more than 785,000 jobs and its economic impact is in the billions of dollars, regionally and nationally. The quality of life, employment opportunities and educational focus of many Houston neighborhoods revolve around the port.

HCC and the Port of Houston have a relationship that benefits community and fills the needs of the industry. HCC prepares students for careers in the maritime industry to meet the workforce needs of the Port of Houston. HCC has developed courses and programs with the Port of Houston and shipping and freight companies to train professionals in freight shipping and logistics.

HCC Southeast offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management, which feeds into Texas Southern University’s Maritime Transportation Management and Security four-year degree plan. HCC Southeast also offers courses to Maritime Academy students at Austin and Yates high schools to prepare them to become a Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician.

Dr. Mary Spangler, HCC’s Chancellor, says, “HCC is proud of its relationship with the Port of Houston and we want to serve it and the community for a long, long time. The result of the relationship is a citizenry prepared to enter today’s competitive workforce through a meaningful course of study with real-life applications. Their knowledge and skills will strengthen the community and contribute to its prosperity.”

Photo Caption: HCC Chancellor Mary S. Spangler, HCC Board of Trustees Chair Mary Ann Perez and HCC Southeast President Irene Porcarello welcome the new Executive Director of the Port of Houston, Leonard D. Waterworth at a reception at HCC Southeast.

Lesa Spivey
Director of Public Relations and Media
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