Welcome to the West Texas Energy Consortium (“WTxEC”)!
What started as a one-year project with the 3 workforce boards in Abilene, San Angelo and the Permian Basin, has turned into five years of the most enjoyable time I’ve spent in West Texas. Having spent the last 25 years in West Texas I can honestly say that the reason the last five have been so enjoyable, satisfying and fun is because of each of you. Whether it was working with an oil and gas company on a health and safety program, or bringing training programs for local law enforcement and fire departments into the region; collaborating with different industries to build partnerships with local educators in order to bring relevant STEM training to ISDs and colleges. The partnerships that have been built between industry, TXDOT and TXDPS for road safety has been hours and hours in the undertaking but very rewarding. Our annual conferences that have ranged from focusing on economic development and industry involvement to K-12 and secondary education professional development have supported the entire region and drawn people and organizations from throughout the state. We’ve put together intern and externship programs; hosted discussions and done a bit of troubleshooting for specific cases. Through all of these partnerships and projects we’ve accomplished and built a lot.
- 3 websites – STEM, road safety and community engagement/informational sites.
- 1 mobile app – 9th-12thgrade high school and college planning application.
- Partnering with Shell and Chevron in the beginning along with other industry professionals to create the Permian Road Safety Coalition that is now going strong in its 3rdyear and set to establish itself as a standalone organization with its own staff.
- Collaborating in the launch of the Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnership just over a year ago. It is now a standalone partnership that has set-up their own website, organizational structure and recently been awarded a grant from the state.
- Acquiring and distributing over $600K in dual-credit and college scholarships to students in the Permian Basin, Concho Valley and West Central Texas region.
- With a working relationship alongside Texas Tech’s Whitacre School of Engineering, the Consortium has gained 5 spots for our West Texas educators to spend a month during the summer months at NASA. For the past 2 years 10 of our educators have congregated with educators from all over the U.S. at Johnson Space Station. I hope that sponsorship for this program will continue and that West Texas will continue to have seats around the table.
- Education, safety, rescue and communications equipment purchased for Kermit ISD, Kermit VFD, Loving County Sheriff, Wink VFD, Winkler County Sheriff Depts.
- Recognized by Texas Economic Development Council with the Workforce Excellence Award
- Recognized by Texas Workforce Commission with the Industry Sector Award that provided a $30K endowment we sent back to West Central, Permian Basin and Concho Valley workforce boards for training programs.
- GRIT Award presented by Energy Experience and Pink Petro, a women in oil & gas industry organization.
There have been countless hours, meetings and miles traveled over the years and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. To work alongside people and organizations in this region has been an absolute joy and so much fun. On behalf of the Consortium’s leadership, committee chairs and its membership, we look forward to working with each of you to enable and facilitate economic and community development brought about by energy sector activity within the 54 counties in the West Central Texas, Concho Valley, South Plains and Permian Basin.
As we go forward, our job will continue. The energy revolution we are experiencing in the United States is largely in part to the successes experienced in Texas. We are working to prepare our communities and workforce for a future of opportunities in the energy sectors and those sectors affected by the growth. Whether it is logistics, manufacturing, hospitality, oil field service, infrastructure, or health & safety, we must be proactive in our development. Those communities that address the tough issues will continue to be relevant in the next phase of development.
Join us as we provide the opportunity to make a difference in the communities we live and do business in. Join us as we make a difference in the lives of West Texans for generations to come.