The endowments include $60,000 toward a professorship to recruit and retrain instructors that provide direct jobs to the oil and gas industry, and a $15,000 scholarship for a student in an academic program that would provide jobs for the industry. The Board of Regents Endowed Professorship Program provided an additional $40,000 toward the professorship. The Board of Regents provided $10,000, and the SLCC Foundation provided $5,000 toward the scholarship, according to a press release from SLCC.
“Because the oil and gas industry is cyclical it is even more important to maintain focused efforts on generating a workforce pipeline that will continue to feed technically skilled, innovative, qualified workers into the industry,” said Angela Cring, LAGCOE executive director.
SLCC offers seven programs that provides graduates to the oil and gas industry, including the new oil and gas production technology program, which will begin enrolling students this fall at the New Iberia campus. Currently more than 300 students are enrolled in all programs each semester.