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Lone Star College offers free Drilling Support Services program

HOUSTON (April 11, 2013) –Lone Star College System is offering a new, free program at LSC-University Park beginning April 22 that will train students to be a drilling services support technician in just 10 weeks.  

The free training is offered through the Lone Star Energy & Manufacturing Institute and interested applicants need to apply and be granted access. The program consists of eight classes for a total of 352 contact hours. 

There are 135 full scholarships available and requires priority to U.S. veterans, eligible veteran’s spouses and eligible foster youth.

A high school diploma or GED is not required to begin this certification, but all students must be legally authorized to work in the United States and must complete a workplace skills assessment. Male students between the ages of 18 and 26 must be registered with the Selective Service as required by federal law.

“This program is a great opportunity for potential students interested in the oil and gas industry,” said Linda Head, associate vice chancellor of workforce education and corporate partnerships. “First, it’s free and more importantly, we have heard from local companies that they can’t find qualified people to fill their spots.”

The cost for this certification program is free to qualified applicants — no cost to the students and books are included. The program is fully funded by the Wagner-Peyser grant awarded to the Lone Star College Office of Workforce Development earlier this year.

Drilling support service jobs include floor hands for drilling rigs, drilling operation support personnel, electronic assembly in manufacturing and more.

In Texas, projections show that there will be an 18 percent increase in careers for drilling services support technician by 2018.

This program is part of the Lone Star Energy & Manufacturing Institute, which teaches a combination of skills that prepare students to perform many different jobs in industries including oil and gas-field services and automated manufacturing.

For specific questions about the Fast- Track Drilling Support Services Certificate Program or to fill out the application for the program visit LoneStar.edu/drilltech.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park.