FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nacogdoches County — Judge Joe English
NEDCO — Bill King, President/CEO
Angelina College – Dr. Larry Phillips
Panola College – Dr. Gregory Powell
petroleum technology classes to begin this spring in nacogdoches
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (November 10, 2011) — Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English, along with the Nacogdoches County Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO), announced today that classes in Petroleum Technology will be offered in Nacogdoches at the Nacogdoches Technical Training Centerbeginning with the upcoming Spring 2012 semester.
The Petroleum Technology Program is designed to help students prepare for careers in the oil and gas industry, where they will perform the duties of lease operators and function as a member of an oil and/or gas production team. Employers in the area have expressed a need for qualified employees in the petroleum field and have been very supportive of the program, which Panola College currently offers at their locations in Carthage and Center. Nacogdoches sits in the midst of the resource-rich Haynesville Shale formation.
The Petroleum Technology program represents a partnership between Angelina College, which will operate the Nacogdoches Technical Training Center, and Panola College. Of the 25 courses required for an individual to receive the certification and associate’s degree, roughly half will be taught by Angelina College and half by Panola College.
“The establishment of the Technical Training Center is absolutely critical to the future of Nacogdoches and our goal is to get this facility up and operating as soon as we possibly can,” said Joe English, Nacogdoches County Judge. “Angelina College is currently offering two nurse aide long term care classes at the Nacogdoches Center during the Fall semester and the addition of the petroleum technology classes in the upcoming Spring semester is one more step toward our goal of providing meaningful job opportunities for all of Nacogdoches County.”
Angelina College’s Spring schedule also includes classes in Nacogdoches that are either prerequisites or support courses for a number of programs in heath careers and technology. The schedule, to be released next month, includes classes in technical math, welding, medical terminology and other career-related courses.
“We are looking forward to working with Panola College and invite them into our service area to offer petroleum technology, a program that Angelina College does not offer,” said Dr. Larry Phillips, president of Angelina College. “We will provide all of the support courses.”
"At the invitation of NEDCO and Angelina College, Panola College is excited to expand our Petroleum Technology program into Nacogdoches County,” said Dr. Gregory Powell, president of Panola College. “Petroleum Technology continues to be one of Panola College's most popular programs. It is fairly common for our associate degree graduates to begin jobs with a pay range of $60,000 - $65,000.”
The Petroleum Technology Program is a four-semester program of study. Students follow a curriculum created in cooperation with representatives from the petroleum industry and receive hands-on technical training. At the completion of the Certification II, qualified students may have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship. As an intern, students have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in real world situations working alongside professionals from producing oil and gas, pipeline, processing operating gas compressor and rental fleets. Upon completion of the two-year program, students receive either a Certificate of Completion and/or Associate of Applied Science degree.
“The challenge for communities like Nacogdoches is to ensure that our young people have the job skills necessary to enable them to get good-paying jobs and participate in the American Dream,” said Bill King, president & CEO of NEDCO. “Oil and gas activity will play a major role in the Nacogdoches economy for at least the next 15-20 years and we need to make sure our community can supply the necessary workforce to support this industry.”
The Petroleum Technology program is flexible and designed so that at the end of every semester, students receive a certificate verifying completion of necessary requirements. Students then may choose to enter the workforce or decide to continue to earn additional certifications or a degree. Courses are offered during the day, evenings and online.
About the Nacogdoches Technical Training Center:
The Nacogdoches Technical Training Center, which will be operated and maintained by Angelina College on property owned by Nacogdoches County, is located at 6003 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas. The 25,000 sq. ft. main building and 2,800 sq. ft. annex sit on a 4.5 acre site on US-59 Business and offer easy access to buses from our local high schools, as well to employees of local businesses.
The mission of the Technical Training Center is to provide bankable job skills (i.e., welding, HVAC, drafting, electrician, petroleum technology, health occupations, automotive technology, etc.) to non-college bound students; to provide a technical training facility for local companies that will also serve as a conduit for state workforce training incentive programs; and to provide targeted adult education training classes for citizens to improve education and skills. In addition, the Center will offer GED and English as a Second Language courses.