UACCM To Hold Information Session For Petroleoum Technology Degree

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is hosting a free information session on Monday evening, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. for individuals interested in the new Associate of Applied Science degree in Petroleum Technology. The meeting will be held in the UACCM Fine Arts Auditorium and will include information about degree requirements and job opportunities in the emerging career field of natural gas drilling, production, and operations. Marion Bond, Employee Relations Supervisor of Southwestern Energy Company, will be present to answer questions regarding careers, salaries, and the employment outlook for jobs related to the natural gas industry. 
Beginning this August, UACCM will offer the Associate of Applied Science degree in Petroleum Technology. According to a study just released from the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business, 2,464 jobs in Conway County will be attributable to drilling activities in the Fayetteville Shale Play by 2008. A total of $93 million in local and state tax revenues will result from energy companies’ investments from 2005 to 2008.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in petroleum technology will consist of 63 credit hours, including 18 hours of general education courses and 45 hours of technical courses, with 16 hours of petroleum technology-related courses. The curriculum was developed in consultation with representatives from the oil and gas industry including Houston-based Southwestern Energy Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary SEECO, Inc. 
Personnel that will benefit from the formal training program at UACCM include roustabouts, field operators, foremen, compressor and measurement technicians, floorhands, drillers, and rig managers. Starting salaries for these positions range from $27,000 to $37,000 annually. In addition, the energy companies employ individuals in the areas of accounting, business, computer information technology, and welding.
During the general session, college representatives will also discuss the admissions process, financial aid programs, and support services the college offers. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend this event in order to gather detailed information about the new Petroleum Technology degree at UACCM. Those planning to attend the session may reserve a space by contacting the Admissions Office at (501) 977-2053 or 1-800-264-1094.

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