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Cash from Bakken oil boom can make college a tough sell

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WILLISTON, N.D. — As two men jumped off their bar stools and tumbled to the floor in a Saturday night brawl, Stephen Hopkins rushed to pin them down. “That’s it, anyone involved is out!” hollered a server, as young engineers from Halliburton looked on with amused smiles. Here at Doc Holliday’s Roadhouse, on the fringe of a Wal-Mart parking lot, ...

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UND hopes to expand its petroleum engineering program

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The University of North Dakota (UND) has recently developed a petroleum engineering program, according to The Williston Herald. The program is aimed at preparing and encouraging young people in North Dakota to be qualified, educated workers for the state’s booming oil industry. UND has stated that the most common requests that oil companies come to them with is their lack of people. ...

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O & G extraction engineers top industry pay scale

A new study that compares the lifetime value of a high school diploma with associate and bachelor’s degrees — and examines the divergent earnings of 80 different college majors — proves that it pays to go to school and that the field of study can be all-important. Researchers with the Hamilton Project, an affiliate of the Brookings Institution, examined data ...

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Louisiana teachers gear up for Jump Start technical program to launch this year

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Training commences this week at the South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette for about 300 educators in the Louisiana public school system. High school and college level educators will be preparing for the implementation of the Jump Start program, which will launch this upcoming school year. The program will aim to prepare students seeking ...

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Basin expo aims to expand knowledge of geoscience, geochemistry

Mella McEwen | The Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) The Permian Basin’s thriving oil and gas activity is attracting new entrants to the industry, including geoscientists often just graduating from college. Offering continuing education in rapidly changing technology is key, and a goal of ALS Oil & Gas, which serves the niche oilfield activities of reservoir sampling, analysis and evaluation, well monitoring, ...

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W Va. shale industry training program a success, chancellor says


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Jim Skidmore, Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, sees great job opportunities in the development of the Marcellus shale according to a story by MetroNews. Speaking to lawmakers on Tuesday, he reported that the entire graduating class of the state’s new shale worker training certificate program had been able to ...

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Fair offers jobs in oil field work


Judith Rayo | The Laredo Morning Times  On Thursday, more than 60 students and members of the public gathered at Laredo Community College to seek job opportunities in the oil and gas industry. LCC and Workforce Solutions of South Texas teamed up to put together the Eagle Ford Shale Petro Tech Job Fair. Seven employers received resumes and offered information ...

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Annual environmental seminar draws national representation

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Mella McEwen for Midland Reporter-Telegram, Texas Environment-related issues between the oil and gas industry and regulatory agencies have shifted in the years since Midland College’s Petroleum Professional Development Center began sponsoring the Permian Basin Environmental Regulatory Seminar. When the seminars were first held, said Hoxie Smith, the center’s executive director, it mainly drew state regulatory agencies. Topping early concerns, he ...

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At Sweet Briar, documentary maker discusses danger of fracking

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Filmmaker Josh Fox encouraged the ladies of Sweet Briar College to get involved in the fight to ban fracking Tuesday evening, even if it took riding their horses to Washington, D.C. “You would make national news if you did that, I guarantee you,” said Fox, maker of the documentary films “Gasland” and Gasland Part II. “I’ll even come.” Fracking, also ...

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Kingsville A&M launches Eagle Ford program

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SAN ANTONIO — Texas A&M-Kingsville researchers took a look in their own backyard and saw a need. To fill that need, they’ve launched the Eagle Ford Center for Research, Education and Outreach. The idea is to promote sustainability in what rapidly has become one of the country’s major oil fields, looking at everything from the process of producing oil and ...

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