Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian hosts workforce development summit

Panel looks to prepare people for jobs in energy field

AUSTIN -- Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian recently hosted an education and workforce development summit, bringing together members of industry, academia and government to make sure we are preparing the workforce of tomorrow, today, to power the energy sector forward.

"As Commissioner, it is my job to ensure the safe and reliable production of oil and natural gas, which creates jobs and fuels our economy," said Christian. "One of the biggest threats to these jobs, isn't a lack of natural resources under the ground, but a shortage of trained employees to meet future demand."

Attending the forum were representatives from the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Association of Community Colleges, Texas Oil and Gas Association, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, Permian Basin Petroleum Association, Texas Pipeline Association, and several oil and gas companies.

"Our organizational meeting was a great success, as it connected stakeholders and started an on-going dialogue that I hope to continue in the months and years to come," continued Christian. "It is important for stakeholders to hear from one another, to ensure our education and training align with the needs of a growing industry and future growth."

If you would like to participate in this initiative, please contact Commissioner Christian's office at Travis.McCormick@rrc.texas.gov or (512) 463-7134.