Program: Process Operations Technology
Victoria Wieseman, 19, of Worden, Illinois, graduated from L&C’s Process Operations Technology (PTEC) program in Fall 2015, and snagged a job as a chemical operator at Sigma-Aldrich in St. Louis.
“I knew I wanted to work with chemistry, so this program was a great match for me,” Wieseman said. “I would recommend the program to students who are interested in the processing industry, who are not afraid to work hard, get dirty sometimes, and who like to apply math and science knowledge to their work.”
PTEC Program Coordinator Linda LaCoe said there are employment demands for PTEC graduates, both regionally and nationally.
“Our students are highly recruited, and the average graduate can expect to earn an income ranging from $50,000-$80,000 annually, immediately upon completing this two-year degree program,” LaCoe said.
Wieseman returned to L&C in Spring 2016 to continue working toward a degree in chemical engineering.
“Vicky is a dedicated and talented student with a tremendous work ethic,” said PTEC Instructor Gene Peters. “She is the type of student that we look for in our program and that employers recruit.”
Wieseman has earned a spot on Lewis and Clark’s President’s List every semester she’s been here. She has earned several scholarships, including the Phillips66 PTEC Minority Scholarship, the George Oehler Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the Mark Mansholt Memorial Scholarship, the Illinois State Auctioneer’s Association Scholarship and the Staunton FFA Alumni Association Scholarship. She is a member of the Prairie Youth 4-H Club in Prairietown, Illinois, where she is active in community services. She also is a member of the Staunton FFA Alumni Association.