Monday, July 1, 2013

Oil show resources provide training opportunities that “fuel” the Midland economy

It's no secret that there's been a job explosion in the Permian Basin, and the need for skilled technicians is higher than ever. Officials of the Permian Basin International Oil Show (PBIOS) want to see those positions filled and want to help educate the next generation of oil industry leaders. To that end, PBIOS has donated $50,000 in scholarships to Midland College!

Since 1972, MC has offered training and continuing education opportunities for a variety of energy-related jobs. In the past five years, over 12,000 participants have taken advantage of the educational opportunities that MC provides for the oil and gas industry. This includes college credit courses as well as valuable seminars and workshops provided by the MC Petroleum Professional Development Center. In addition, MC provides customized skills training to local industry employees, such as the 15-month program recently offered to Chevron.

“It’s nice to be living in an area with a booming economy, and even nicer that oil industry executives recognize the need to maintain a skilled workforce through educational opportunities,” noted MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “Over the years, successful partnerships with the oil and gas industry have helped to make Midland College one of the best community colleges in the nation. Midlanders depend on us to deliver hands-on technology training, as well as provide opportunities for professional development. Thanks to contributions like the scholarships provided by PBIOS, we will continue to deliver quality and affordable education.”

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas received $50,000 for MC scholarships
from the Permian Basin International Show

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