NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Buckeye Career Center is prepared to meet the emerging employment trends in the oil and gas industry. As the area's leader in career and technical training, a new high school program was approved by the Buckeye Board of Education in February, pending final approval from the Ohio Department of Education.

This program, Energy Operations, will support the educational and career training for entry and/or post-secondary options into oil, gas and alternative energy career fields. An advisory committee of local industry professionals has been formed to guide the development of this relevant, innovative program.

The curriculum will include the following courses: Energy Systems Management, Environmental Systems Management, Oil and Gas Operations, Bio Energy, Solar and Wind Energy, Agricultural and Environmental Systems.

Buckeye is collaborating with Stark State College in offering an online dual-credit class on Introduction to the Petroleum Industry.

"We have spent much time in researching the scope and relevance of this type of program. We quickly realized that the program needed to include not only oil and gas, but other emerging energy resources," said Trent Edie, assistant principal at Buckeye.

State Representative Al Landis has enthusiastically endorsed the program. "I am very excited that we are able to offer this. Buckeye is an important asset for our area. They are preparing out students for today's employment opportunities. Their diversified Advisory Board will ensure that our students are prepared for the jobs."