The Petroleum Technology Program is designed to help students prepare for careers in the oil and gas industry, where they will perform the duties of lease operators and function as a member of an oil and/or gas production team. Employers in the area have expressed a need for qualified employees in the petroleum field and have been very supportive of the program.
The Panola College Petroleum Technology Program is a four semester program of study. Students attend fall and spring classes on the Panola College campus in Carthage or at the Shelby Regional Training Center (SRTC) in Center, Texas. Students follow a curriculum created in cooperation with representatives from the petroleum industry and receive hands-on technical training. At the completion of the Certification II, qualified students may have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship. As an intern, students have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in real world situations working alongside professionals from producing oil and gas, pipeline, processing operating gas compressor and rental fleets. Upon completion of the two-year program, students receive either a Certificate of Completion and/or Associate of Applied Science Degree.
The program is flexible and designed so that at the end of every semester, students receive a certificate verifying completion of necessary requirements. Students then may choose to enter the workforce or decide to continue to earn additional certifications or a degree. Students also have the option of transferring to a university to continue their education with a Bachelor of Science degree. Courses are offered during the day and the evenings.
Early enrollment and admission is available for high school students.