From the Ground. On Jan. 31, the ground breaking ceremony was held for the new Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center, which will be built on the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology campus in Okmulgee. The center will be under construction soon and is funded by a lead gift of $2 million from Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corporation. The total cost of the building is estimated to be $4.9 million and the OSU Foundation is pursuing additional gifts to fund the training center.
The Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center will be the first of its kind in the energy industry and will be a 23,920-square-foot building where students will learn to diagnose, service and maintain gas compression equipment. Following the opening of the training center, OSUIT's enrollment numbers in the Natural Gas Compression program are expected to dramatically increase.
Nabholz Construction Company will build the training center, which is expected to be completed by December 2013.
OSUIT offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Natural Gas Compression, in which students complete four semesters of coursework and two semesters of paid internships. The natural gas compression training has been part of the OSUIT curriculum since 1979, however, the program started as an independent program in 2000. For more information about OSUIT, call 918-293-4680 or visit osuit.edu.
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