Bauer Leaders Mentor Houston-area 9th Graders Interested in Energy

Published on April 15, 2008
Milby High School students read about the Global Energy Management program's recent accolades in BusinessWeek.

Milby High School students read about the Global Energy Management program’s recent accolades in BusinessWeek.

It’s never too early to get Houston kids thinking about careers in the energy sector – or about attending C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

More than 100 ninth graders heard from student leaders and Bauer staff about opportunities that will exist for them as they approach college age and ultimately embark upon careers. The students from Milby High School are potential candidates for a group of five energy magnet schools being created within the Houston Independent School District with the help of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. IPAA is providing funding for training and curriculum development.

Three groups of students heard from Donna Grady, Assistant Director of Career Counseling & Leadership at Rockwell Career Services Center; Academic Advisor Natalie Merritt; and Frank Kelley, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs.  Also speaking were Patrick Ganze Hayden, a junior Finance major and corporate vice president of The Energy Association at UH; and Alfonso Colombano, a sophomore Accounting major and president of TEAUH. Tours of Bauer facilities followed the presentations.

Among the tidbits they learned that may ultimately bring them back to Bauer, an acclaimed training ground for energy-related careers: The energy industry employs 2. 5 million people and generates $1 trillion in revenues annually; 70 percent of the buildings in downtown Houston are energy-related companies; the industry is bracing for a huge wave of workers in energy-related careers to retire, resulting in a huge demand for people to fill a variety of jobs.

Colombano also suggested the kids check out www.classroom-energy.org for more information about energy related careers.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.

About the Bauer College of Business

The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

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