BP opens state-of-the-art training offshore facility
HOUMA, Louisiana. – BP, Fletcher Technical Community College along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and other elected officials have celebrated the grand opening of the college’s BP Integrated Production Technologies (IPT) Building.
The new home of Fletcher’s IPT program, which the Louisiana Board of Regents recently designated a Deepwater Center for Workforce Excellence, features a 4,000 sq-ft lab with $500,000 in state-of-the-art equipment. BP invested $4 million into the project and the state of Louisiana provided a $4 million match.
“As America' s largest energy investor, BP is committed to supporting workforce development and education to prepare the next generation of oil and gas industry employees,” said John Mingé, Chairman and President of BP America, Inc. “Fletcher Technical Community College has long been our partner in this vital work, which is crucial to the future of the energy industry and the nation' s continued energy security."
Located near BP’s Houma Operations Learning Center, the BP IPT Building will include space for essential offshore specialty training for mobile drilling systems, marine operations, production systems and safety training.
The building also includes a math and science center for advanced coursework to prepare the next generation of engineers and classrooms for general studies courses to support Fletcher’s student population.