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Colorado Petroleum Council hosts STEM event

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The Colorado Petroleum Council, Colorado Mountain College, and the Rocky Mountain Energy Forum recently hosted nearly 130 students from Rifle, Colorado, US, and beyond to talk about opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

This is the fourth annual STEM event hosted by the Colorado Petroleum Council to encourage young men and women to learn more about STEM careers, especially in the natural gas and oil industry.

“This event provides students in rural Colorado with better knowledge about the many opportunities in STEM careers,” said Tracee Bentley, Executive Director of the Colorado Petroleum Council. “We are helping students learn more about how they can help contribute to providing breakthroughs in energy for powering our future, and how they can thrive in an evolving industry like ours.”

According to an American Petroleum Institute (API) study by RAND Corp., jobs that require STEM skills and training currently compose 20% of all US jobs. Current projections anticipate that the STEM economy will grow by 9% by 2024, faster than the growth rate projected for all other occupations. STEM education is critical to meeting the US’ future energy needs and should be encouraged from an early age, according to a 2015 Stanford University study. The natural gas and oil industry projects more than 1.9 million new job opportunities by 2035 and students who are STEM educated will have significant advantages to secure opportunities in the industry.

“We hope by introducing these exciting opportunities to young men and women, we will encourage not only a love of STEM, but a lifetime of learning for these students,” said Bentley. “We want them to leave better prepared to meet the needs America’s economy of the future.”

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