High school students from around West Virginia got a glimpse of the natural gas industry.

About 40 students from 18 counties were selected for the Third Annual Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy in Buckhannon.
The three day academy starts with an Energy Career Day, followed by field trips to operating drilling rigs and producing wells,

The Academy is sponsored by the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia.

“The industry has grown so much and the demand for people has grown similarly. So the best way we know how to do that is to start when the kids are in high school, and expose them to industry itself, but various opportunities within the industry,” said Dennis Xander, of Denex Petroleum Corporation.
All accepted students participate free of cost.

Lodging, meals and tuition are covered by the Academy.