GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Garden City Community College is adding a new program that teaches students to drill and extract oil from underground reservoirs.
The western Kansas school recently received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for the new program. The curriculum will involve a series of classroom, lab and field courses covering safety, moving, set-up and operation of equipment used in mineral exploration.
Students must complete 22 credit hours to earn a certificate in oil exploration and 36 for one in production. Those credits also can be used to help complete an associate in applied science degree, which requires 67 credit hours.
Students can begin taking some of the core courses in the soon-to-begin fall semester. The program is expected to be in full operation by the spring semester.