Barbara Graham addresses the EPP graduates.

In February, Torrance Refining Company LLC (TORC) Community Relations Manager Barbara Graham participated in the graduation ceremony of the Don Knabe Energy Pathway Program (EPP) 2017 cohort. Barbara provided remarks during the ceremony and handed out certificates to the graduates.

The EPP is run by the South Bay Center for Counseling in Wilmington, California. The program is designed to serve unemployed/underemployed and low-income men, women, and veterans residing in the Greater Los Angeles area, with preference given to residents of the South Bay and Harbor cities, including Wilmington, Carson, San Pedro, Harbor City, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Torrance, Lomita and Long Beach. Successful graduates of the 16-month long, industry-tailored training initiative earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Process Technology from Coastline College, as well as corresponding safety certifications. All components serve to prepare participants for careers as Process Operators at local oil refineries.

As a long-time supporter of the EPP, we recently hired two graduates from the 2017 cohort as Process Operator trainees at the Torrance Refinery. To learn more about the EPP, visit