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Akron teacher attends OGEEP two-day workshop on drilling

By Bob Downing Published: August 20, 2014

From the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program:

A teacher from Summit County attended the Teacher Workshop hosted by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) in July. OOGEEP provides the workshops to help teachers engage and connect students to the energy industry through science education.

Lori Villanova with David Hill Community Learning Center participated in the two-day workshop held July 30 and 31 at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon

“Our well-rounded science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based-curriculum provide teachers with educational content and materials necessary to prepare lesson plans that are applicable to the real world,” said Rhonda Reda, executive director of OOGEEP.

“Due the significant increase in the production of gas and oil taking place in Ohio, there is a growing demand for STEM-based occupations,” shared Reda. “Some of these positions go unfilled because companies are having a hard time finding qualified workers.These teacher workshops are also designed to get students engaged in STEM and consider careers in the oil and gas industry.”

The free two-day workshop offered by OOGEEP provided teachers with information on energy education ranging from formation to exploration, drilling to producing and processing to refining. Teachers engage in hands on experiments and Internet activities they can use in their classrooms.

The second day of the workshop includes a tour of oil and gas sites. Teachers toured EnerVest Operating, LLC’s horizontal drilling location and another EnerVest well that was getting ready to be stimulated (hydraulically fractured), Dorfman’s Production Co./ Brineaway, Inc.’s Class II Injection well, GonzOil, Inc.’s directionally drilled producing well, and Dominion East Ohio’s Chippewa compressor station and storage fields.

“Since this program was started in 1998, OOGEEP has worked hard to provide relevant curriculum that supports what teachers are doing in the classroom and meet state and national science standards,” adds Sarah Tipka, OOGEEP Education Committee Chair. “Teachers compliment us on our ability to present content that is based on science and that our perspective on energy issues is well balanced and factual.”

The mission of OOGEEP is to facilitate educational, scholarship, safety and training programs; to promote public awareness about the industry; and to demonstrate to the general public the environmental, energy and economic benefits of Ohio’s independent natural gas and crude oil producers.

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