BP IPT initiative hopes to ease personnel constraints ///

By early next year, Fletcher Technical Community College of Schriever, La., hopes to begin making a serious dent in the growing shortage of deepwater production operators, with the unveiling of its new, all-inclusive Integrated Production Technology (IPT) school. Bolstered by $8 million in donations, split evenly between BP and the State of Louisiana, construction is underway on the 29,999-sq-ft complex, on a 38.6-acre site on the Fletcher campus. School officials expect classes to begin in January at the newly christened BP Integrated Production Technologies building, in time for the spring semester. The new building will house 10 classrooms and 3,200 sq ft of fully equipped laboratories.

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