LCTCS Board of Supervisors approve Petroleum Center for Workforce Excellence
POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 6:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — At their monthly meeting yesterday, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Fletcher Technical Community College Petroleum Center for Workforce Excellence for deep-water oil and gas production.
"This is a great day for the citizens of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, South Louisiana, and everyone involved in the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico region,” said Fletcher Chancellor Travis Lavigne.
The Petroleum Center for Workforce Excellence will incorporate private and public sector support to emphasize education and training programs in partnership with business and industry to meet defined workforce training needs. The public and private support is evidenced by a $4 million commitment of Governor Bobby Jindal from the State of Louisiana in 2012 and a $4 million contribution from BP America, Inc., to build the Integrated Production Technologies (IPT) building which will house the Petroleum Center of Workforce Excellence.
The BP IPT building will open in February 2014.
The demand from business and industry for Associate of Applied Science-degreed job candidates and for responsive, workforce training programs is at an all-time high. This demand is driven by worldwide growth in oil & gas production, the retirement of the industry’s highly-experienced baby boomers, rapid technological progress in exploration and production, and comprehensive regulatory compliance requirements.
Fletcher’s Petroleum Division currently serves 169 students, an enrollment increase of over 200% (55 students) from 2010. Presently, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Integrated Production Technologies.
Beginning in 2015 students will also be able to earn an AAS degree in Production Maintenance. As a result of the new Petroleum Center for Workforce Excellence and BP IPT building, the college will be able to serve more than 600 students annually between the two Applied Sciences programs.
Joining Chancellor Lavigne to present the overall concept and plan of the Petroleum Center for Workforce Excellence were Larry Thomas, general manager of Government and Public Affairs with BP America, Inc., and Chris John, president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. Other industry partners in attendance included Black Hawk, Conoco Phillips, Danos, Shell, Halliburton, RAMCO, and Shamrock Energy Solutions.