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Lone Star College recognized for training military veterans

The Lone Star College Office of Workforce Education, along with the International Association of Drilling Contractors, and Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. has received the Faraday Award for its efforts to prepare and train returning military veterans for careers in the oil and gas drilling industry.

The Faraday Award, presented by Electric Power and Prequalified Ready Employees for Power International (PReP Int), recognizes and honors employers, programs and partnerships focused on helping veterans transition into careers in the energy industry.

“Lone Star College has had a long-standing commitment to helping our military veterans find meaningful careers after their service to our country,” said Stephen Head, LSC chancellor. “Working with IADC and Patterson-UTI, we have seen a 92 percent placement rate for more than 150 participants in the past year alone.”

The awards are judged on the number of people assisted, the impact made on the people assisted, the return on investment and innovativeness of the program. The award was presented during the Electric Power Conference in Chicago.

“Connecting our hard-working veterans to the power industry is crucial to the future of our industry, so we’re looking forward to celebrating the winners’ success stories,” said Jamie Reesby, ELECTRIC POWER show director.

The collaborative effort between LSC and the IADC provides meaningful careers to veterans and needed talent for drilling floorhand/roustabout jobs across the world where safety and security are paramount.

In addition to receiving this award, LSC has also been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School selected from a nationwide list of more than 10,000 schools by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business connecting the military and civilian worlds. This is the second year in row LSC has been recognized.

“The contributions our military men and women make are so vital to the success of this great country of ours and we are grateful to be in the position to help them return to the workforce,” said Head.

The IADC has exclusively represented the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry. Membership is open to any company involved in oil and gas exploration, drilling or production, well servicing, oilfield manufacturing or other rig-site services.

Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. subsidiaries provide onshore contract drilling and pressure pumping services to exploration and production companies in North America

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.