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LTC Offering Petroleum Drilling Technology Degree

Robinson, Ill. -- Lincoln Trail College is preparing students to get into the growing petroleum field. LTC has worked with local industry leaders to develop a Petroleum Drilling Technology program.

“We work hard to adapt to the needs of our local industries. Through the years, we’ve added programs and classes to help make sure our students can get good jobs and to help make sure our local businesses can find the skilled people they need to fill those jobs,” LTC President Kathryn Harris said.

The new program offers students the chance to get an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Petroleum Drilling Technology. The program will prepare students for jobs in the planning, development and operation of oil and natural gas extraction and processing facilities.

“Fracking is coming to Illinois soon, and that will mean good jobs. This program will help people get skills they need to find jobs in the field,” Harris said.

The curriculum for the Petroleum Drilling Technology degree consists of 19 credit hours of required general education and 44 credit hours in required career and technical education coursework. Students will be evaluated with a final capstone project related to planning, developing and operating an extraction facility as well as a portfolio review by program faculty.

The extraction field is expected to grow over the next several years according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The IDES predicts an increase of 23.2 percent for oil and gas roustabouts, 23.6 percent for oil and gas rotary drill operators and 24.1 percent for oil and gas derrick operators through 2022.

A study released by the American Petroleum Institute found that the oil and gas industry has created 263,700 jobs in Illinois. There are 932 businesses in Illinois that are a part of the oil and gas supply chain according to the study. Those businesses represent five percent of the state’s economy.

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