CMU landman programs earns accreditation

A Colorado Mesa University program preparing students to work in the energy industry has earned accreditation.

The energy management and landman program at CMU has earned accreditation from the American Association of Professional Landmen The CMU program is one of only two offered in Colorado and a total of 12 in the United States and Canada that’s earned accreditation.

“We are very pleased to have the American Association of Professional Landmen confirm that we are teaching our students what they need to know to succeed in this industry,” said Steve Soychak, director of the energy management and landman program at CMU. “We actually knew that already based on the industry demand for our graduates and the feedback we get from the companies that employ our students, but it’s great that the AAPL agrees.”

The energy management and landman program, a specialty concentration within the business degree program, prepares students to work in the extractive and alternative energy industries. Energy management and landman professionals work with landowners to acquire or obtain the rights to use land for energy needs. They conduct research to determine who owns the land and negotiate contracts among landowners, government agencies and companies to enable the production, transportation and sales of natural resources.

Soychack said about 70 percent of students who’ve completed the program work in degree-related positions in the energy industry.

Robert Boswell, president and chief executive office of Laramie Energy, said energy producers in the Piceance Basin of Western Colorado are proud of the accreditation of the program. “As Colorado Mesa University joins ranks with some of the country’s top tier industry training programs, we anticipate the area’s work force, and our companies, will be better for it.”