Hundreds of high school students visit LAGCOE

Photo Credit: Conrad Hertzock/KLFY

Hundreds of high school students from across Acadiana visited LAGCOE 2015 on Wednesday. They are part of the Future Energy Professionals program.

The program’s purpose is to encourage future industry professionals to pursue technical careers.

Young Professionals of LAGCOE manage the program in conjunction with the LAGCOE Education Fund.

“I would definitely recommend this to anybody. This is one of the best experiences I’ve had,” high school student Ross Myers told KLFY’s Kellie Brown.

“I grew up hearing about oil and gas, but I didn’t really know too much about it. Now that I do, it’s a lot more interesting to me and it’s definitely sparked my interest,” another student John Hathorn said.

The students are all high school juniors or seniors from Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion parishes.

“We’re just trying to promote continue development in the engineering field,” explained chaperone Shara Mayers.

Students stopped at exhibit booths where professionals in the field explained the ins and outs of the business.

Lafayette is considered a hub for oil and gas industry professionals and is home to over 1,300 companies.

“Today helped me to better understand what the future holds for me in the oil field and I plan on putting my future into the oil field because of today,” one student said.

YPL’S first student tour was in 2013. Chaperones include oil and gas industry volunteers and UL-Lafayette engineering ambassadors.

Drilling engineer, Shara Mayers, said it gives students a hands-on experience like no other, “They’ve been very eager to learn and very open-minded to kind of understand and I’ve been very impressed with the students.”

LAGCOE’S Al Thomas told KLFY organizers are planning to make this program a staple at every conference.

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