NCTC Graham Campus Holds Open House for Petroleum Technology Labs

NCTC Graham Campus Holds Open House for Petroleum Technology Labs

The unemployment rate may still be high in Texoma but the oil business continues to boom and companies are on the hunt for workers who have prior knowledge of the business, but a Texoma college is trying to meet the demand for skilled workers.
The North Central Texas College Graham campus is elevating it's petroleum technology course that will allow students to be more competitive.
And the way they're doing that is through two new labs.

For years, getting hands-on training on a pump jack or  other oil pumping equipment came through field trips but a $270,000 state grant and other generous community donations have brought this outdoor lab and this indoor one to the North Central Texas College Graham Campus.

"It's scaled down trainers that allow us to teach concepts.  Hydrolic concepts.  Flow, pressure... different kinds of equipment concepts," says Malea Clarke, program coordinator the Petroleum Technology Program.

These concepts will be incorporated into the curriculum this Fall and one student says he cannot wait.

"Instead of learning in a classroom setting we're actually getting hands on with lot of the components that we use in the field so for us as students, it's extremely exciting to know that we'll have the technical training to prepare us for the industry," says Jerry Taylor, a student at NCTC Graham campus.

With new oil fields being tapped with new technology, many drilling and pumping companies don't have time to train new workers on the job but program coordinators say these labs will  give graduates an edge.

"Up until now, much of our course work has been trying to explain what this looks like and then take them on field trips whenever we could.  Being able to bring the students out and have them actually see it in real life is gonna make so much difference to the students," Clarke explains.

The public can view the labs tonight.
From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.. the Graham campus will open the doors of the labs so the public can check them out.
Students will start utilizing the labs during the Fall semester, which starts August 26th.
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