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I want to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to bring you up to date on "What's New in the API Sponsored Schools of Technology". It has been two years since I have had the pleasure of addressing an API audience in an open forum and believe me there has, at least as far as our University of Texas organization is concerned, been great strides in petroleum industry training. The energy crisis and the shortage of qualified personnel in the industry has everyone thinking about training as a partial answer and solution to greater productivity. This fact is affirmed by enrollment in our many schools. With very few exceptions, all schools scheduled for 1975 have reached full enrollment, and 1976 schools are filling rapidly. When a school has reached full enrollment we accept standby applicants because some cancellations do occur.

With your indulgence, while talking about "What's New in the API Sponsored Schools of Technology" I'd also like to give you a feel for the organization with which we in the Petroleum Extension Service operate, a brief background on the API sponsored schools, old and new, and tell you a little about new schools that are operating for other trade associations.

The headquarters for the Petroleum Extension Service is in Austin, Texas, on the main campus of the University of Texas. Our department is a branch of the Industrial and Business Training Bureau which in turn is one of four bureaus of the Division of Extension of the University. We have facilities and personnel at the University of Texas for writing of books and manuals, production of film and slide tapes, video tapes, and any other training materials used in the support of our technology training programs, individual company in-house programs and home study courses for individual participants. In addition to these services we have recently instituted a motion picture previewing service so that a film can be previewed by a potential purchaser. This service will be provided through the Visual Instruction Bureau of the Division of Extension. Since we believe the PETM is the logical agency for coordinating, producing, and distributing training materials for our own industry's needs, our small staff at the University is expertly geared to efficient production and rapid distribution of training media materials. Frequently we work through contractors to speed up production and reproduction of materials.

Since the inception of PETEX involvement in petroleum industry technology training through the use of residential type schools, the courses have been conducted off campus of the University of Texas. Sites selected for this type of training were chosen for their proximity to heavy petroleum activity and in all cases have been located on the campuses of Junior Colleges. The three locations for PETEX training centers are Lee College at Baytown, Texas; Kilgore College at Kilgore, Texas; and Odessa College at Odessa, Texas. We have had outstanding cooperation from the administration staffs of all the colleges in providing facilities and support for our programs. At the present time there are five resident staff members for the Kilgore training center and two resident staff members for the Odessa center. Previously most personnel responsible for manning off campus PETM operated training centers operated from our Austin headquarters. This is the case now only for Lee College. The trend is therefore changing to having our personnel resident in the area where they are responsible for training programs.

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