IPAA / PESA Energy Education Center

November 2014 Update

By Anne Ford


The 2014-2015 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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Ms. Sherry Stephens Blanks, former president of PESA. Ms. Julissa Enriquez, member of the IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy at Charles H. Milby High School and 2015 valedictorian. Mr. Galen Cobb, IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy Education Advisory Board Chairman and Halliburton Vice President. Julissa was presented with a $10,000 scholarship for college. The scholarship was given in Ms. Stephens Blanks' name in recognition of her long term service as president of PESA. Julissa spoke before the PESA national membership at their annual meeting

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.

Students participate in the unique PetroChallenge Competition, organized through the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center and sponsored by Schlumberger, Occidental Petroleum and the University of Houston

Petroleum Academy, Westside High School graduate volunteers to mentors and shares his knowledge with current Westside High School petroleum students during the Shell STEM showdown at the University of Houston

IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy students from the Young Women's College Preparatory Academy attend a field trip to Texas A&M University's Petroleum Engineering and Geology departments.

The IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy Alumni Network Leadership Team

Students from Southwest High School in Fort Worth attend a field trip to a Quicksilver Natural Gas Rig in North Texas, organized through the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center

PESA President, Leslie Shockley Beyer, met with students at the Energy Institute High School before presenting to the freshmen class. Leslie spoke on developing a career in the energy industry and the opportunities created by STEM education

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