Educators and business leaders in the Midland Independent School District in Texas are considering programs that would help prepare students for the petroleum industry. The programs would offer college-bound students a foundation in oil engineering and provide technical skills for graduates who would head right into oil fields or offices. "They need kids who are minded to be petroleum engineers that will go away to college, get their degree and then come back home and be involved in their companies," MISD superintendent Ryder Warren said. "What they also need are kids who have the skill sets that we provide and are ready to hit the ground running the day after graduation."

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