New Program to Train Students for Oil Field in High School 1/22/14
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 22, 2014
Midland - A new program at Midland ISD will have students getting out of the classroom and into the field.
Students will be able to learn more than "just the basics" at MISD.
"We think about what has made Midland, what we're dealing with in Midland right now, the economy, most of it has to do with oil and gas industry," Dr. Ryder Warren, superintendent of Midland ISD said.
They call it the Petroleum Academy.
"It both serves kids who have petroleum engineering in their future all the way to kids who want to go work for all our companies when they get out of high school," Dr. Warren said.
The academy not only creates opportunity for students, it does for oil companies as well.
"It's important to grow our own," Greg Yoxsimer, H.R. Business Partner with Chevron said. "We're able to train and develop our own citizens here in the Permian Basin who are already well acquainted with the Permian Basin, that's advantageous to the industry."
Dr. Warren says when it comes to a student's future, it's never too early to start planning.
"Let's go ahead and work on those skills now while they're in high school so the kids can be ready," Dr. Warren said.
District officials tell CBS 7 the petroleum academy can be up and running as early as next school year.