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Possible Petroleum Academy For MISD

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - The passing of House Bill 5 has is bringing out some possible changes to Midland Independent School District.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - The passing of House Bill 5 has is bringing out some possible changes to Midland Independent School District.

According to MISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren, one potential program at MISD is a petroleum academy.

I'd like to see Midland do that, I think it'd be awesome. I sure would like to see Odessa follow suit," said J.W. Brake, owner of Rig Works Inc.

Brake said he believes this potential program will greatly help the energy industry.

"There's a real shortage of skilled labor, skilled workers in the energy industry, not just Midland-Odessa but in the industry overall, certainly in our local communities," Brake said.

Warren says the program would serve students planning to go to college with plans to be an engineer, as well students who are career-ready and plan on working with local oil and gas companies immediately after high school.

"We're gonna try to bring back a proposal to our school board to be able to implement something like that here," Dr. Warren said.

Warren says the petroleum academy would be available to all secondary high schools at MISD such as Midland High School and Lee High School.

"As much as I would like to have it done by the Fall of '14, we're gonna take this at a very careful rate just because if we decide we're gonna do this we're gonna do it right," Dr. Warren said.

While Brake never enrolled in college, he was able to work his way up.

But he says having a program like a petroleum academy back then would have been a great help.

"They won't be entry level any longer, they'll be above entry level. They'll have some skill sets that are already honed that'll be job specific," Brake said.

For Brake, he says he believes it's a great way to get future local oil employees.

"They're here. You know, they're not subject to just pick up and leave you know if there's a bit of a downturn. They're gonna be keepers," said Brake.

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