Industry, schools partnering to train oil field workers

Ben Davenport, 19, stands in front of compressors and other equipment at Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas in New Milford, Pa.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Ben Davenport, 19, stands in front of compressors and other equipment at Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas in New Milford, Pa. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum & Natural Gas, which sits on top of the Marcellus Shale in New Milford, Pa., has a curriculum shaped by the companies that are drilling all around it.

It is among the educational programs popping up in Texas, Pennsylvania and North Dakota that aim to help oil companies find enough workers to install pipeline, monitor wells and fix equipment.

Dan Dinges, CEO of Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas, which donated $2.5 million Lackawanna in April, said it could be a model for creating training programs nationwide.

In a story at HoustonChronicle.com, FuelFix.com reporter Jennifer A. Dlouhy takes a look at what Lackawanna and other schools are doing to help train the next generation of oil field workers.