N.M. Looks to Community Colleges to Train Workers for Oil Boom

Industrial workforce needs are becoming a main focus of southeast New Mexican community colleges, as a recent spike in regional extraction developments caused an influx of workers in need of training.

John Gratton, president of New Mexico State University Carlsbad spoke before the Legislative Finance Committee during a Wednesday meeting at NMSU-C that his school works closely with industry leaders to identify programs to meet a company’s specifications.

He said the school is looking to offer a 10-week safety training course for oilfield workers.

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