IPAA / PESA Energy Education Center

Winter 2016 Update

By Anne Ford

The 2015-2016 school year fall semester is closing with many activities having been provided for the students in the five IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academies. These would not have been possible without the tremendous support of the many companies, organizations and individuals who have helped sustain the work of the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center.

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Evelyn Medvin, Vice President, Core Laboratories and IPAA/PESA Education Board Member served as the keynote speaker at Young Women's College Preparatory Academy this year at the annual Guest Speaker Conference. Evelyn educated the students with "where I've been & how I got there, a 30+ year journey". Following Evelyn, the Speaker Panel took place which included panelists from Southwestern Energy. The panelists shared their journey from high school to college and how they became interested in the industry

Shell Oil sponsored the 2016 IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academies Alumni Mixer at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston. Shell Workforce Development Initiative Manager, Michael Alvarez mixes with Alumni

First year academy students from Milby, Westside, and Young Women's College Preparatory Academy participate in the Houston Geological Society sponsored field trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The students tour the Mineral and Gems and Paleontology Halls as well as interact with docents who present touch carts for the Energy Hall. This is the students' first encounter with geosciences.

Randall Luthi, President, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and an IPAA/PESA Education Board Member kicked off the 2016 Guest Speaker Lecture Series Conference at Milby High School and Westside High School in Houston, Texas. Randall served as this year's keynote speaker at Milby and Westside and wowed the students with his "Top 10 Things I Have Learned". Following Randall, the Speaker Panel took place which included panelists from Marathon Oil and Schlumberger. The panelists shared their journey from high school to college and how they became interested in the industry

The IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy students had the opportunity to participate in a nationally acclaimed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition, coordinated by Great Minds in STEM. The Shell STEM Showdown competition was generously POWERED by Shell Oil Company and made exclusively available to the students participating in the IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academies. Over 120 High School students spent the day at the University of Houston competing in a variety of innovative technology and engineering challenges. Each team worked alongside college students from local universities who are majoring in STEM fields and had the opportunity to interact with professionals from Shell who helped mentor throughout the competition. Students left feeling fired-up after understanding how STEM parallels exciting careers in math, science and engineering.

On Saturday, October 15th, Consumer Energy Alliance and the Consumer Energy Education Foundation hosted their annual Energy Day in Houston, Texas. Students from Young Women's College Preparatory Academy, Milby High School, and Westside High School's IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academies came out to demonstrate a variety of petroleum based science experiments for the attendees at the IPAA booth. The Energy Institute students also volunteered their time with CEA thought out the day. Over 22,000 Houstonians attended this year's event which highlights science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as showcasing the various forms of energy, efficiency, conservation, and careers in the energy industry.

November 2, 2016 the female IPAA/PESA externs from Energy High School and the Young Women's College Preparatory Academy attended the 13th annual Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, Texas and sponsored by Gulf Publishing. This year's conference theme was 'Changing the Landscape of Leadership in the Energy Industry'. Keynote speakers, presenters and panelists shared their leadership ideas to support women moving into leadership positions in our industry. Our very own Astra Zeno, 2016 IPAA/PESA teacher of the year served as a panelist for the very intriguing panel discussion of 'Building a brighter, diversified tomorrow for STEM professionals'.

60 Houston Externs experienced a turning point in their lives undergoing the amazing Dale-Carnegie 2-day training held at Houston Community College, Alief campus. Students left the training with enhanced people-skills, greater self-confidence, enhanced communication skills, leadership skills -- ready to take on their job-shadowing Extern experiences.

IPAA/PESA Education Advisory Board members meet twice yearly to learn about progress with the five Petroleum Academies.

Houston Geological Society organizes an opportunity for students from Milby, Westside, and Young Women's College Preparatory Academy to learn about how to identify rocks and minerals at the Bureau of Economic Geology with several geologist volunteers.

Energy Institute
Petroleum Academy at the Energy Institute High School

Milby High School
Petroleum Academy at Milby High School

Southwest High School
Petroleum Academy at Southwest High School

Westside High School
Petroleum Academy at Westside High School

Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
Petroleum Academy at the Young Women's College Preparatory Academy