A Gusher for Oil Grads

Oil companies recognized nearly a decade ago that they were confronting a potential work-force crisis as petroleum-engineering programs deflated across the nation. Enrollment cratered to 1,387 students nationwide in 1990 from a high of 11,014 students in 1983, according to data collected by Lloyd Heinze, a professor of petroleum engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. For the next 14 years, enrollment remained under 2,000.

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