Even though the check was not yet in hand on Monday, Oil and Gas Technology Program instructor Roy Coley was happy to share how he planned on spending the money.
“We are thrilled,” Mark Mick, operations manager Eagle Ford Asset Team said of the donation his company made to the college. “The investment into the program is helping us alleviate one of our biggest challenges.”
His company will be able to hire a local skilled labor force from the college after the students finish.
Mick went on to say the it is “exceptionally important” as a member of the community to support local infrastructure and local people.
Corporate citizenship is part of Marthon Oil’s Core Company Values.
Coley said he was extremely grateful for the donation and how it will benefit the students in his program, which currently is a one-year certificate program and/or a two-year associates of applied science degree.
The money will come in $20,000 increments over three years. A portion of the money will be set aside every year for a scholarship fund. Two students per semester will each be awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Coley is still working out the details as to how the scholarship program will work but, regardless, is eager to know it is coming.
New equipment will also be purchased with the money. Some of the original equipment was disposed of when the program was phased out, and some equipment was simply out of date. At the top of Coley’s wish list is a Scada simulator, an ITE simulator and a tank battery.
“The equipment will give them more hands-on experience,” Coley said.
He will also purchase other equipment deemed necessary to make the program a success.
Coley said the donation was a result of “extensive meetings with Marathon Oil.”
He doesn’t plan on this being the end of his relationship with Marathon Oil either. He is currently working to design and secure an internship program with his students and that company. He hopes the program will kick off this summer.
The Oil and Gas Technology Program is growing by leaps and bounds, and Coley hopes that by forming similar relationships with other oil and gas companies he will help ensure its continued success.
There were 19 students who completed Coley’s program last year, all of whom have secured jobs. This year he said, he has an average of 20 students in each of the classes he is teaching.
The lessons that the program offers expand every semester according to what the instructor believes is needed and what companies express are important to them when looking to hire new employees. Coley’s next project is getting high school students started on some of their certifications. He is working with both A.C. Jones and Pleasanton High Schools to design dual credit classes.