The American Gas Association (AGA) announced today that a portion of the proceeds from the 17th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 17), taking place this week, will be directed towards scholarships for Erie Community College students interested in pursuing a career in the natural gas industry.
“Natural gas is the foundation fuel for a clean and secure energy future and an economic revitalization for our country. We are making an investment in helping to develop a skilled workforce capable of maintaining the 21st century technology that transports and utilizes this clean energy source serving the needs of more than 177 million Americans,” said Dave McCurdy, President and CEO of the American Gas Association. “Our commitment will help ensure the continued vitality of the American workforce and solidify the legacy of this transformation in American energy.”
ECC is one of 26 national colleges who’ve been chosen to benefit from the AGA scholarship program, which will provide $1 million in funding for students focused on fields related to energy. The program was unveiled at a press conference at LNG 17 in Houston, TX where strategic and commercial leaders and technical experts are participating in four days of sessions, workshops and tours of world-leading LNG facilities. McCurdy was joined by David Carroll, President of the Gas Technology Institute, David McClanahan, President and CEO of CenterPoint Energy and Eloise Dunn Stuhr, Vice President and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement with the University of Houston and UH System.
Students seeking a career in trade jobs that are in high demand in the natural gas industry such as HVAC, Welding, Pipefitters, Mechanical/Petroleum/Chemical Engineering, Engineering Technologies/Technicians, and specific natural gas programs such as Gas Utility Construction and Service will be eligible. It is anticipated that over 200 students from the program’s selected schools will receive scholarships over the next five years.
The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 92 percent — more than 65 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.