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Jun 27 2019

Filling a critical educational need in Oregon

Posted by TC Energy

Partnership supports next generation of industry leaders

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For decades, post-secondary students had no options if they wanted to stay in Central Oregon to complete a four-year university degree program – despite the fact that Central Oregon is one of the fastest growing regions in the state.

So when Oregon State University – Cascades (OSU-Cascades) opened a campus in Bend, OR, a decades-long community quest for higher education was fulfilled.


When the university first decided they were going to open a campus in Bend, local industry was asked what they thought was important, and the overwhelming response was engineering. But some very forward-thinking individuals indicated that it needed to be energy engineering. They saw that there was a need and they drove that forward as an initiative.”

Rebecca Webb
Energy Systems Program Lead at the university


 

In 2010, OSU-Cascades launched an Energy Systems Engineering four-year degree program, which TC Energy has supported for the last five years. The program is a combination of mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering core courses, supplemented with energy-related and business management courses. As OSU-Cascades is known for their excellent engineering program, Rebecca says the job placement rate for graduates is 96 per cent.   

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Kolby Louis
Energy Systems Engineering Student
Class of 2019

The investment from TC Energy allows for experiential learning for senior-year students as they work on their final design projects, collaborating with local energy companies to solve a real-world problem.

“The Energy Systems Engineering program here at OSU-Cascades is really filling a critical niche, not just here in Oregon, but throughout the country,” says Andrew Ketsdever, the Associate Dean at the university.

“Energy, the use of energy, the efficient use and production of energy is becoming more and more critical for society as we know. And we’re playing a role in producing engineers who think about energy first and foremost.”

TC Energy has been moving natural gas safely and reliably in Oregon for almost 60 years. Our Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) pipeline, built in 1961, delivers almost three billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to families and businesses in the Pacific Northwest. We are committed to investing in communities and being a good neighbour where we live and work.


Watch the video below to learn more about our partnership with OSU-Cascades.

TC Energy supporting educational initiatives

Our Build Strong program supports education and training initiatives in the communities where we do business in an effort to help build community capacity, develop the next generation of community leaders and provide a skilled workforce for our industry. Build Strong provides support in these four areas: Education, safety, community and environment.

To learn more about our investment in education, visit TCEnergy.com/BuildStrong.