Students Explore Possible Energy Careers Through Petroleum Partnership

Graduates receive $1,000 scholarships, valuable experience through IPAA externships

July 18, 2011
Students from Lamar, Milby, and Westside received $1,000 scholarships during a ceremony celebrating the conclusion of their summer petroleum academy externships on July 13.
More than six dozen students from three HISD high schools are “refining” their dreams of petroleum industry careers after completing externships at various energy companies this summer.

Seventy-five graduates of the petroleum technology academies at Milby, Westside and Lamar high schools received $1,000 college scholarships during a special ceremony on July 13.

The celebration marked the end of summer externships at 14 different companies, where the students gained valuable real-world experience in the energy industry at Apache Deepwater, Cameron, Core Laboratories, El Paso Corporation, FMC Technologies, Halliburton, Marathon Oil, M-I SWACO, National Oilwell Varco, Newfield Exploration, PEC Premier, Schlumberger, Shell Oil and Valerus.

The petroleum technology academies and the summer externship program are a partnership between the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and HISD.

“This innovative program serves as a powerful tool to foster the next generation of talented energy professionals,” said IPAA President and CEO Barry Russell. “Graduates of these high-school programs gained valuable experience this summer as they prepared to enter college this fall to continue their studies.

To qualify for the externship program and the scholarships, students had to graduate with a minimum overall 3.0 GPA. The IPAA student externship training program provides a unique opportunity to immerse the energy industry’s future workforce into the math, science, technology and challenges of the industry and integrates the skills and career information students learned in the petroleum technology academy program.