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Donation benefits Nicholls' petroleum program

Donation benefits Nicholls' petroleum program

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Nicholls State University's Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management has received a $3,000 donation from the Evangeline Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

The donation will benefit the department's foundation fund for the enhancement of student activities, programs and faculty development.

Officials say the department works to meet workforce needs of the ultra deepwater oil and gas industry and offers the only known program designed to accommodate the unique schedule of its workers. Courses are offered around the typical seven days on, seven days off or 14 days on, 14 days off work schedule of an offshore employee.

Executive Director Michael Gautreaux says the programs are the fastest-growing on campus, with fall semester enrollment at nearly 400 students.

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