Energy Education

Tulsa's economy is driven by the energy industry. Of the over 400,000 jobs in the Tulsa area, close to half are in the energy cluster. Driving Tulsa's energy resurgence, is the depth of knowledge and opportunities created by the area's energy focused education system.

The University of Tulsa is a one of the nationís pre-eminent petroleum engineering and energy management schools. TU Energy Management curriculum is multidisciplinary, utilizing required energy-related coursework from all three of the University's undergraduate colleges with the opportunity to take graduate-level law courses. Students will choose either the upstream track (exploration and production) with emphasis on business law, or the midstream track (trading of energy commodities) with added emphasis on finance.

The campus also is home to the National Energy Policy Institute. NEPI is a joint project of the University of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. NEPI is a non-partisan and not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching all aspects of energy policy and disseminating those research findings to both policymakers and the public.

The University of Tulsa established the Tulsa Alternative Energy Institute to focus on next-generation energy research.  The Institute is headed by a multi-disciplinary research group combining their expertise in chemical, petroleum and mechnical engineering along with physics to engage, research, and develop new technology primarily in biofuels and fuel cells. 

In addition to the University of Tulsa, Tulsa is home to the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Oral Roberts University , Langston University-Tulsa, and Northeastern State Universtiy - Broken Arrow.

Both Tulsa Community College and the Tulsa Technology Center have programs designed to ready their students for work in the energy industry. One career track program at the Tulsa Technology Center is the Alternative Fuels Technology Program. While students are trained to service and test performance on alternatively powered vehicles, they are introduced to the primary forms of alternative energy developed by the transportation industry.

Tulsa Community College (TCC) houses the Center for Excellence in Energy Innovation. The Center serves as a collection point for best practices, training, and collaboration around applications of energy technologies. TCC received an Oklahoma Department of Commerce collaborative grant award to train at least 1,000 Oklahoman for energy efficiency/renewable energy jobs. TCC serves as the lead agency in the Green Training Consortium which pulls in public sector and private enterprise organization to deliver training and certifications related to energy conservation.

Tulsa's Memorial High School is home to the Tulsa Public School Magnet program for engineering education. The Tulsa Engineering Academy at Memorial (TEAM) is a college-prep program for students interested in pursuing STEM careers. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The TEAM curriculum is developed according to the Project Lead the Way nationally recognized curriculum.

Tulsa's Booker T. Washington School is home to the Tulsa Public School International Baccalaureate program. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB programmes encourage students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.

Tulsa's energy history was recently featured in a musical performed by Holland Hall Middle School students. The original musical penned by Holland Hall's Middle School drama teacher, Sally Adams, has students singing and dancing through the history of Tulsa's Oil Boom. Holland Hall is college preparatory K-12th grade independent Episcopal school.


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