Last month, in celebration of “National Energy Awareness Month,” representatives from California Resources Corporation, Aera Energy, Oxnard College, LULAC and El Concilio presented at a Ventura County Board of Supervisors’ meeting the “Moment of Inspiration” where a “Careers in Energy” program was highlighted that recently took place at Oxnard College.
We demonstrated first-hand how we are working with local private and public education, non-profits, governmental organizations, labor and others to introduce careers in the energy field. These careers run the gamut from engineers to geologists to helicopter pilots; all under the auspices of STEM which is science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.
By working together, we aim to equip our youth with the tools they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. By designing career programs with our neighbors, communities and the environment in mind, we hope STEM education will help guide them as they lead the Golden State in meeting our growing energy needs in an economically responsible and environmentally sustainable way.
Being socially conscious means recognizing the needs of our ethnically diverse communities. The opportunity to earn a solid paycheck without a four-year degree is being eliminated. However, one industry that is providing that much-needed economic mobility is the oil and gas industry. In fact, one-third of the industry’s workforce has a high school degree or less and an average annual wage of $84,000.
The oil and gas industry supports an all-of-the-above energy approach which means safely developing our energy resources to support everything we do at home, work and play. We believe in having a fact-based and balanced conversation about the critical role that energy – all forms of energy – plays in every aspect of our society, economy and daily lives.
“Careers in Energy” programs like this and other industry workforce opportunities focus to empower all our students in Ventura County.