The announcement last April of the endowment to Lackawanna College School PNG was an exciting time and a continuation of the hard work by the School to give their students a world-class education in the oil and natural gas industry.
Lackawanna College and the School have been leading the way in bringing education about the energy industry to their students and the general public in northeastern Pennsylvania. Here’s a quick recap of the past year:
- Lackawanna College hosts a speaker series focused on energy and the shale gas revolution
- LC President Mark Volk testified before Congress on the importance of work-ready degrees
- Equipment and time donations from several companies arrived to the School of PNG center and are being employed as teaching tools – check out the LC Magazines for highlights of some of these donations.
- Several individuals from the oil and natural gas industry served as guest lecturers for classes giving students to ask questions and interact with folks employed in their future career paths – the Spring 2015 magazine will highlight the individuals who graciously donated their time.
- The completion of the outdoor lab learning center gives students a unique opportunity to learn directly from equipment in the field during their classes.
- The sold out 2014 Sporting Clay Tourney raised $170,000 for the School PNG and had more than 300 participants shooting throughout the day.
- The School coordinated 54 paid internships for students during Summer 2014
- And in just a month 46 students will be graduating from the School
Bill desRosiers describes the support for the school from both local and global companies:
In just the past year we have seen a large amount of support from Cabot contractors and other companies across the industry through donations of equipment and time to the School. These hands-on learning experiences really help students gain an understanding of the types of jobs available to them after they graduate and work to make sure the curriculum taught in the classrooms is just as applicable out in the field.
In the upcoming year
You can keep up with the Lackawanna College School of PNG with their quarterly magazines which highlight the generous equipment donations, additions to the school, alumni of the program and many other pieces of exciting news. The Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 are published with the Spring 2015 issue due out in the next few weeks.