IPAA continues to expand upon its commitment to education outreach through our Houston-based Education Center. Within the past 4 years, the Education Center has established 4 high school engineering, geosciences and global energy management academies within the Houston Independent School District and Ft. Worth ISD. Dr. Terry Grier, HISD Superintendent of Schools, has referred to the IPAA petroleum academies as “the best program in the nation”. Similarly, Superintendent, Dr. Melody Johnson stated that the FWISD Gold Star Programs of Choice were based on the IPAA petroleum academy at Southwest High School.
To provide students a multidisciplinary advanced academic learning experience in science, math, social studies, English and the emerging technology concepts they need to secure careers within the petroleum industry.
Milby High School - Academy of Petroleum Exploration & Production Technology
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This AP math/science magnet school provides 10th-12th grade academy students with Advanced Placement classes in pre-engineering and geosciences concepts and cutting edge technology software,
as well as a 3 year exploration into the fundamentals of the petroleum industry. Milby tied for 3rd place, in 2011 Academy PowerPoint and Panel Discussion Competition.
Halliburton provided this academy with $27,000,000 engineering and geosciences software grant.
Lamar High School – Global Energy Management Institute (GEMI)
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The International Baccalaureate and Magnet Business campus at Lamar provides 9th-12th grade students a focus on global energy management, as well as engineering.
This outstanding honors program concentrates on global energy economics, geopolitics, history, as well as accounting, marketing and finance. Lamar won 2nd place in the 2010 Academy PowerPoint and Panel Discussion Competition; Won 1st and tied for 3rd place, in the 2011 Academy PowerPoint and Panel Discussion Competition.
The Lamar DiscoBots placed 1st, in the Texas Regional Robotics competition!
This college preparatory magnet school provides 9th-12th grade academy students with dual credit classes in engineering,
geosciences and energy related computer science systems. This petroleum academy was also the winner of the prestigious $25,000 Devon Science Giant award; 1st and 2nd place in 2009 PowerPoint Competition; 1st and 3rd place in the 2010 Academy PowerPoint and Panel Discussion Competition; 2nd place in the 2011 Academy PowerPoint and Panel Discussion Competition.
Additionally, WEGA teacher, Ms. Kimberly Myers was the 2010 recipient of the petroleum academy Teacher of the Year award.
This award is sponsored annually by the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association.
Southwest Academy of Petroleum Engineering & Technology (SAPET)
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The AP math/science program at Southwest High School, focuses on pre-engineering and geosciences concepts, global energy management, as well as comprehension of emerging technology software utilized within the industry. The first year concentrates on the “Fundamentals of Petroleum” which provides students a working knowledge of the petroleum industry value chain. In 2010, SAPET was honored by FWISD as a Gold Seal Program of Choice. It provides 9th-12th grade honor students with dual credit classes in both science and mathematics.