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An effort to prepare West Texas students to work in the oil and gas industry is expanding

The expansion, which will start with a smaller pilot in four high schools between Texas and New Mexico, is being paid for by the Permian Strategic Partnership, a group funded by major energy producers.

From left, Legacy High School juniors Giovanni Parra, 17, Luke Frysak, 17, and Isaiah Estrada, 16, take part in a lesson on electrical circuits during their Oil and Gas Production II class Monday, Nov. 6, 2023 in Midland.

Midland College assistant professor Anthony Cummins, far right, instructs area high school students during an Oil and Gas Production II class Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in Midland. The Oil and Gas Production class was designed by the Midland Independent School District to teach students vocational oil and gas studies.
Midland College assistant professor Anthony Cummins, right, directs a group of high school students during their Oil and Gas Production II class period on electrical circuits Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in Midland. The Education Partnership of the Permian Basin in collaboration with the Permian Strategic Partnership, which represents local oil and gas companies, designed a curriculum that will introduce vocational oil and gas studies to high school students. Classes will begin to roll out in one area school district starting January of 2024.
Midland College assistant professor Anthony Cummins, right, instructs a group of area high school students in a lesson on electrical circuits during their Oil and Gas Production II class Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in Midland. The Oil and Gas Production class was designed by the Midland Independent School District to teach students vocational oil and gas studies.
From left, high school juniors Kimberly Arredondo, 17, Elyse Alvarez, 16, and Frannevic Alcala, 16, take part in an electrical circuit activity during their Oil and Gas Production II class Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in Midland. The Oil and Gas Production class was designed by the Midland Independent School District to teach students vocational oil and gas studies.

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