Fletcher facility to train oil, gas workers _lowres


Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma held a grand opening Thursday for its BP Integrated Production Technologies Building to be used to train offshore oil and gas workers.

BP invested $4 million into the project and the state provided a $4 million match.

A 29,000 square-foot building includes 10 classrooms for oil and gas worker training, and there is a nearly 4,000-square-foot equipment lab and 10 offices for teachers and staff.

The IPT Building has space for offshore specialty training for mobile drilling systems, marine operations, production systems and safety training. The building also includes a math and science center for advanced coursework to prepare the next generation of engineers, and classrooms for general studies courses to support Fletcher’s students.

The grand opening was attended by BP, state, federal and local officials.