Louisiana's Community and Technical Colleges

"Student success stories"Lance Traylor was on a fast track in his career. He graduated from high school and college, and was planning to continue his education at medical school, until he had a change of heart.

Being raised in a small town in south Louisiana, Traylor was exposed to all that Louisiana brings, the great outdoors, the friendly people, and the construction industry.

While working in between semesters in the construction business, he saw people, much like himself, working and being successful and knew he could do that as well. Having the strong educational background, Traylor knew that there had to be a place where he could get the training he needed. So, he enrolled in South Central Louisiana Technical College’s (SCLTC) process technology program.

According to Traylor, he chose SCLTC’s Reserve campus because it was a well-recognized school and was known for providing a quality educational experience.

Upon graduating with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Process Technology, Traylor was awarded an internship with Shell Oil – Offshore. After completing his internship, he accepted a full-time position with ExxonMobil as a Process Technician.  Later in his career, Traylor was presented with an opportunity to move closer to home to work as a Tank Farm Operator Technician at Marathon Petroleum Company in Garyville, La.

While working at Marathon, Lance applied himself to his position.  His diligence paid off and he got a chance to train in Marathon’s Process Improvement program.  Traylor was able to achieve Black Belt status in Six-Sigma.  Six-Sigma is a well-known and well-used process improvement methodology in business and industry.

Traylor was then awarded an opportunity to work as a HES Professional in the Environmental Department and is currently the Waste Coordinator at Marathon. In his spare time, he teaches quality control classes in SCTLC’s PTEC program.

“The most rewarding part of my career thus far is being able to come to work every day knowing I have a fantastic job and a bright future,” said Traylor.  “I can honestly say I love working for Marathon and feel very blessed for the opportunities I’ve had and will have.”

Traylor recently earned a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Management.

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