Don McClure, Vice President, Government, Stakeholder Relations and Legal for Encana Oil & Gas, presented the donation to Chancellor Jim Henderson Thursday at the BPCC campus. Also present was Steve Short, Group Lead, Field Operations for Encana's Louisiana operations. Steve is also Chairman of the O&G Technology Advisory Board at BPCC.
McClure stated, "Encana Oil & Gas is pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with Bossier Parish Community College by investing in oil and gas technology programs for current and future students in Louisiana. These future technicians, geologists, and engineers will be tomorrow's leaders and help secure our nation's energy future."
Chancellor Jim Henderson acknowledged the support and generous donation given by Encana. "Encana's financial support enabled BPCC to launch the Oil & Gas Technology Program," said Henderson. "Their generosity in sharing knowledge and expertise enabled us to make the program high quality. Today's investment from EnCana in the BPCC Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies will help make BPCC's Technology and Engineering programs truly world class."
Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies Bossier Parish Community College
The Energy Skills Lab will:replicate real-world, real-work settings with hands-on learning on standard and automated energy production and processing equipment
embrace new technologies for applied learning of fossil fuels, alternative energy, energy efficiency, and conservation
allow students to monitor and analyze energy production and usage within the building
meet the increasing demands for skilled employees in the Energy, Oil & Gas Technology field
The Construction Skills Lab will:
equip newly-degreed professionals with the education, training and technical tools to move the region towards twenty-first century building practices
provide hands-on experimentation and practice in material properties, statics and strengths of materials, construction equipment, construction methods, building codes and safety
The Engineering Skills Lab will:
utilize emerging technology to educate students in the fields of engineering, mathematics and physics within a cohort laboratory experience
facilitate the highest degree of learning in how to design the fundamental elements of an engineering system, components and processes, with a clear understanding of associated safety, quality, schedule and cost considerations
The Advanced Manufacturing Skills Lab will:
provide a dedicated lab space for students to master automated manufacturing skills using the combined technologies of design engineering, engineering graphics and applied graphics
master the advanced manufacturing skills of rapid prototyping and direct manufacturing
The Materials Handling & Vertical Ascent Corridors will:
function as skill builders, by providing applied learning in proper rigging, lifting and hoisting, ladder and scaffolding practices
The Energy Management & Sustainability Control Rooms will:
allow students to practice the skills of monitoring energy production, HVAC and lighting requirements
manage energy optimization strategies for the facility
The Energy & Engineering Technology Center will:
provide a complete Remote Operations Control Center for all equipment and processes used in other areas of the facility with view windows and remote communications system
integrate industry software training into the skills preparation for students
make each adjoining laboratory space visually connected providing a class/lab experience
The Solar Shed will:
provide a hands-on experience in alternative power production
provide a covered outdoor workspace without walls or columns to for project work
The All-Weather Courtyard provides:
realistic work location experiences using equipment which must be installed, monitored and maintained in all weather conditions
hands-on experience with large field equipment operation that cannot be replicated inside a building
For more information, contact BPCC Oil & Gas Program Director Linda Sonnier at (318) 678-6043.