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Published October 19, 2013, 01:31 PM

Oil and gas companies interested in UND graduates

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Oil and gas companies are showing interest in hiring graduates of the University of North Dakota's petroleum engineering program.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Oil and gas companies are showing interest in hiring graduates of the University of North Dakota's petroleum engineering program.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the 200 or so students enrolled in the program are joining a workforce that is projected to grow by 17 percent by 2020.

The growth is partially fueled by increased oil and gas production in North Dakota's oil patch and the need for employees with the technical expertise to extract that oil and gas.

Terry Kovacevich, regional vice president in the Marathon Oil Co.'s office in Dickinson, says some of the industry was aware of the UND program because they encouraged the university to start the program when the oil boom started.

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