Tom Dunn Leadership Academy teaches students about job opportunities in oil and gas industry


Nearly forty students from around the state learned about job opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

The 6th annual Tom Dunn Leadership Academy concluded Thursday afternoon at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.

The three day camp teaches students everything they need to know about the industry, including studying geology and environmental sciences.

The kids also took field trips to a drilling rig, a processing plant, and to a clean water plant.

“These kids have two or three more years of high school, then they have two years of vocational school or four years of academic school. So by the time they get out and are ready to join the workforce five years from now, West Virginia is going to look like a totally different place with all the pipelines and the drilling. We can’t run this industry without people so we’re trying to recruit the next generation of workers for the industry,” said Leadership Academy Director Dennis Xander.

Xander says only five to ten per cent of jobs in the industry actually involve working on a drilling rig.

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