San Juan College – School of Energy
Published April 5, 2016
FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO – As high school seniors approach graduation and adult tribal members seek career advancement, Missouri River Resources (MRR), located in North Dakota, and San Juan College (SJC) in Farmington, New Mexico, have announced a partnership that will provide stellar educational opportunities for Native American students from the Three Affiliated Tribes and beyond. The partnership, created to help interested individuals launch careers in energy and business related fields, will strengthen the tribal workforce and economy.
“Missouri River Resources looked throughout the U.S. for a partner that would provide best-in-class educational programs in the energy sector,” said Dave Williams, MMR CEO. “We found it in San Juan College.”
Williams went on to explain that even with the current down-turn in oil and natural gas prices, there is a good future in the energy industry. “There is a critical need to develop people that will deliver the energy business for years to come.”
Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass, SJC President, was equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “We have a world-class center for energy education that was built in collaboration with the industry. Working with a forward-thinking business like Missouri River Resources that shares our commitment to educate the current and future workforce is mutually beneficial.”
San Juan College is well-positioned to partner with MRR on this initiative. The college ranks second in the nation among community colleges in the number of degrees awarded to Native American students, with Native Americans making up more than 30 percent of the SJC student body. The School of Energy programs focus on preparing students for careers in Petroleum Production Operations, Industrial Processing, Instrumentation and Controls, Occupational Safety, and Industrial Maintenance Mechanics. A new, nearly $16 million facility houses the latest technology and equipment, and includes a fully-functioning wellsite.
Pete Sorensen, the MRR Workforce Development director, is eager to discuss the program with anyone who would like more information. “This provides a tremendous opportunity for individuals interested in a career in the energy industry to get on board. We will work with local tribal colleges to ensure that a variety of educational plans are possible.”
Sorensen went on to say that students may choose to take general education course requirements at their local Tribal College or University. “There are a number of options designed to fit the student’s specific needs.”
For additional information, contact Pete Sorensen at (406) 672-8237 or [email protected]
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.