It was industry meets the classroom today in Marshall County where students are studying up on a field that has transformed the state they live in. On Tuesday afternoon, students got to put away their textbooks and learned just how much the Oil and Gas industry has effected West Virginia as well as career opportunities that are waiting for them.
Seniors from both John Marshall and Cameron High School met today for a special presentation from Energy Speaks Education. West Virginia's independent Oil and Gas Association, Executive Director was there today and said this industry aims to provide kids with education and career opportunities to keep them here in the state once they've graduated.
"We're very encouraged that the number of jobs that will be created over the next 20 years is going to give our students, our children, the opportunity to stay in State. Stay near home. Get an education here. Stay here, raise their family here and that is our goal to keep our kids here," said Independent Oil and Gas Association Executive Director Charlie Burd.
Select Energy Services told me they've just started touring around high schools to educate students about the opportunities in oil and natural gas. They believe these presentations can be a big benefit to getting more locals to have jobs in the area as well as supporting the economy.
If you'd like to learn more about the program, you can visit: energyspeaksWV. com