New energy course to be offered at Rifle campus

A course to train field technicians who operate natural gas processing equipment will be offered by Colorado Mountain College’s West Garfield Campus in Rifle this fall after an employee for the Williams energy company came up with the idea.

Steve Sanve recognized the need while in the college’s process technology program. He approached his employer for a donation of equipment and to provide class instructors.

“There is nothing better than hands-on learning and being taught by people actually working in the field,” Sanve said in a news release from Williams and CMC. “Students will complete this class having actually seen a process unit thanks to Williams.”

The donated equipment is worth almost $11,000 and consists of vessels used to separate gas, condensate and water.

The equipment will be housed in the Williams Technology Wing of the campus.

CMC’s process technology program is part of the college’s integrated energy department at its Rifle campus.

About 80 students a year enroll in the program, studying technology used in producing energy from a variety of sources.

The college also offers a broad range of classes to train existing energy industry employees in new technologies and to help others prepare for an energy career. This fall, it will offer integrated energy courses to high school students who may earn both high school and college credit to help them be workforce-ready when they graduate or get a head start on their college education, CMC says.


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