Nicholls and Well Control School cooperate to provide affordable education

THIBODAUX – Students in the Nicholls State University petroleum services program can now receive a 95-percent discount on certain distance learning courses, thanks to a joint effort between Nicholls and Well Control School, headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Pictured from left in the petroleum services interactive classroom at Nicholls are Dr. John Griffin, associate professor of petroleum services, and Barry Cooper, manager of business development for Well Control School.

Courses that normally cost $2,000 per student now cost $100 per student, with the difference absorbed by Well Control School. In all, the company has committed to $40,000 worth of donated courses, part of the “SYSTEM 21 e-Learning” program accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors. Training includes a variety of modules and simulations focusing on well control training for the oil and gas industry, utilizing computer graphics, interactive tasks and role-playing techniques.

Pictured from left are Dr. Balaji Ramachandran, head of the Department of Applied Sciences at Nicholls; Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs; Cooper; and Griffin.

“Nicholls is the first university with which Well Control School has formed this sort of an alliance, and we are pleased to offer this training as a community service – a way to boost the profession and the industry,” stated Barry Cooper, manager of business development for the company.

Dr. John Griffin, associate professor of petroleum services at Nicholls, said the courses add realism to classroom training, allowing students to “reinforce their basic calculations and become familiar with the actual valve setups on drilling rigs. We are very grateful to Well Control School for this new partnership.”

To learn more about the program, go to and click “E-LEARNING COURSES.” For details about the Nicholls petroleum services program, visit the Department of Applied Sciences at

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