SEPTEMBER 20, 2006

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OSU-Okmulgee students tour Chevron oil production facility in Texas


OSU-Okmulgee Engineering Technologies students on the runway, left to right: Ryan King, Tulsa; James Watt, Sapulpa; David Burton, Kellyville; Michael Fazi, Weleetka; and Heather Brackett, Stillwell.

Several Oklahoma State University –Okmulgee students and one faculty member were selected by the Chevron MidContinent Business Unit to fly via corporate jet to visit the petroleum giant’s oil production facility in Midland, Texas. Corporate executives said they hoped the trip would help the students make better informed career decisions.

Chevron executives and field technicians visited the OSU-Okmulgee campus recently and were impressed with the Engineering Technologies Division’s Instrumentation Engineering Technology Program. During the visit they interviewed several students for internship and possible full time employment opportunities. Five students were selected to visit the Chevron facility, along with their faculty internship advisor Dolph Hayden. Students who flew to Midland were Ryan King of Tulsa, James Watt of Sapulpa, David Burton of Kellyville, Michael Fazi of Weleetka and Heather Brackett of Stillwell.

The visit to Chevron included presentations on topics such as safety, organizational charts, monitoring software and equipment, automation equipment, maintenance procedures and the state of the oil industry. Chevron ranks as the third-largest hydrocarbon producer in the United States, with average net daily production in 2005 of 455,000 barrels of crude oil and natural gas liquids, and 1.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

Hayden said it was a great learning opportunity for both the students and him. “The experience for the students was priceless, and it also opened my eyes to some topics for curriculum improvement.” Hayden hopes more companies will see the value in creating active partnerships with higher education. “It is the key to the success of students as well as the industries they will serve.”

Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee is known for its hands-on technical education, world-class equipment and active partnerships with industry. Degree programs are developed according to emerging educational and labor market needs. Seventeen programs of study lead to Associate in Applied Science degrees, three programs of study lead to Associate in Science transfer degrees, and three programs lead to Bachelor of Technology degrees - Information Assurance and Forensics, Instrumentation Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Technology. Through frequent advisory board meetings, corporate partners make significant contributions to curriculum, faculty improvement, equipment acquisition, internship experiences for students and employment opportunities for graduates. OSU-Okmulgee also promotes economic development among small Oklahoma firms by providing training and assistance with technology deployment, financing, bidding and purchasing procedures.

For more information call 918.293.4678 or 1.800.722.4471. Information also is available online at
www.osu-okmulgee.edu.