About 200 students participated in Occidental Petroleum’s first annual STEM career day on Tuesday March 27th. Students were able to do hands on activities in addition to virtual reality stations that gave them an in depth look into what it’s like to work in the booming industry.
Mark Grommesh, President and General Manager Permian Resources says “talking to the kids you can tell that they are really interested in the oil and gas business. They are here for a reason. They are here to learn.”
The company set up ten work stations; each of them offering something new to learn about the oil and gas business and the new technology that OXY USA Inc. is developing.
Robert E. Lee High school Junior Erica Gomez says she was excited to have the opportunity to get “hands on experience” and expand her knowledge. Gomez says the activities from Tuesday made her even more excited to go into the field and work for OXY USA Inc. in the future.
Grommesh says that by 2030 there will be approximately 45-thousand new jobs created in the Permian area and New Mexico. In addition to getting a preview of the oil and gas industry students were guided on what education pathways they should take after graduating from high school.