Encana Oil & Gas has donated $100,000 to Mesa State College in Grand Junction to support a program that prepares students to work in the energy industry.
The money will be used to fund scholarships as well as meet other needs of the landman and energy management program.
Mesa State announced it has named the Encana Laboratory in its science center in recognition of the company’s support.
“Encana seeks opportunities to invest in a locally trained work force. Mesa State’s landman/energy management program meets a key work force need for us in Western Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region. We’re pleased to contribute to this outstanding program,” said Doug Hock, director of public and community relations for Encana.
Mesa State President Tim Foster said the relationship between the college and Encana is mutually beneficial.
“The landman and energy management program at Mesa State was developed with input and strong support from our partners in the energy industry,” Foster said. “Encana’s commitment to students in Western Colorado is remarkable and their gift today reinforces their position as a leader in the Piceance Basin.”
The landman and energy management program, a concentration for a bachelor’s of business administration degree, combines coursework in business, energy management, environmental sciences and geology. Employment as a landman usually requires a four-year degree with coursework in energy, law and real estate.
“As the energy industry continues its valuable work with traditional and renewable resources, it can rest assured that Mesa State College will be educating the young men and women who will be capable of taking their visions and goals to the next level in the future,” Foster added.
A subsidiary of Encana Corp., Encana Oil & Gas maintains its U.S. headquarters in Denver and operates oil and natural gas exploration and development projects in Colorado, Louisiana, Texas and Wyoming.