UTPB welcomes Energy Land Management program

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The University of Texas Permian Basin is unveiling a new program that will provide a boost to the oil and gas industry in West Texas.

The Energy Land Management program is the latest being offered by UTPB and officials say graduates who enter the program will graduate ready for the demands the career calls for and it will provide them with a path to advance higher in the field.

Additionally, the Land Management degree will fall under the Bachelor of Business Administration program adding extra benefit by teaching students business disciplines along the way.

“I’m really excited to offer this program in the Permian Basin, the heart of domestic onshore oil and gas industry,” Dr. Stuart MacDonald, the Director of Energy Land Management program, said in a statement. “We’ll offer students access to industry leaders, relevant and exciting internship opportunities and training and experience that will allow them to be competitive throughout the industry.”

Land management professionals routinely negotiate drilling leases for landowners and energy firms, amongst various other duties.

UTPB says they decided to offer the program after seeing the need for more, better trained land management professionals.

Dr. Sandra Woodley says the new program will do just that.

“We are thrilled to see this new program come to life in the Permian Basin. We know that our true value as a University comes from serving our region and this is one very important way that we can respond to the needs of West Texas,” Dr. Woodley said in a statement.

UTPB plans to begin the program in the Fall semester. You can learn more about the program here.

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