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Shell donates nearly $25,000 for petroleum services program

THIBODAUX – Officials from Shell Exploration and Production presented a check for $23,236.80 to the Nicholls State University Foundation on Thursday, March 19.

Pictured from left are Dr. Terry Dantin, head of the Department of Applied Sciences; Dr. Badiollah Asrabadi, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Reggie Sexton, human resources operations excellence leader for Shell; Sandra Daleo, communication and community analyst for Shell; Tom Broom, operations learning and development manager for Shell; Dr. Rebecca Pennington, assistant vice president for development and university relations; Rick Reso, associate director of development; and Michael Gautreaux, instructor of safety technology.

Pictured from left are Dr. Terry Dantin, head of the Department of Applied Sciences; Dr. Badiollah Asrabadi, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Reggie Sexton, human resources operations excellence leader for Shell; Sandra Daleo, communication and community analyst for Shell; Tom Broom, operations learning and development manager for Shell; Dr. Rebecca Pennington, assistant vice president for development and university relations; Rick Reso, associate director of development; and Michael Gautreaux, instructor of safety technology.

The petroleum services safety technology program in the Department of Applied Sciences will use the funds to purchase industrial hygiene monitoring equipment – including an indoor air quality monitor, multi-gas detection meter and sound level meter – all of which will be integrated into course modules.

“We’re here to support the Nicholls program in any way we can,” said Reggie Sexton, human resources operations excellence leader for Shell. “We want to fill the pipeline with qualified people.”

Founded in 1973, the petroleum services program at Nicholls is unique in the Gulf Coast region in that it allows offshore employees to continue working a seven-on/seven-off or 14-on/14-off shift schedule while earning degrees as full or part-time students.

To date, the program has produced more than 1,000 graduates who have joined the petroleum industry in various managerial and technical roles.

For additional information on the petroleum services program, go to www.nicholls.edu/doas/degree-programs/petroleum-services/.

To learn more about the Nicholls Foundation, go to www.nicholls.edu/development/giving-to-nicholls/ or call (985) 448-4009.

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