Morgan City nonprofit donates to Nicholls PETSM program

Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University is proud to announce that the Morgan City Oilfield Fishing Rodeo has donated $10,500 to the Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management.

“This program is very important to our industry and our area,” said Joey Cannata, operations manager at Tanks-A-Lot. “We want to give back to higher education that supports our local industry. Everywhere we go in this industry, we find someone or some roots that link back to Nicholls and the PETSM program.”

Founded in 2013 by Morgan City-based deepwater container specialist Tanks-A-Lot, MCOFR has now donated $46,500 to Nicholls. The nonprofit hosts its fishing rodeo each May with the purpose of promoting community spirit in the local oil and gas industry while benefiting notable organizations for future growth within the community. Tanks-A-Lot employees — many of whom are Nicholls alumni — and countless volunteers have worked to ensure each rodeo is more successful than the one before.

Dr. Milton Saidu, PETSM department head, thanked MCOFR for its support of the program over the years.

“Their support has been very essential, especially in the last two years when the industry was down,” Dr. Saidu said. “These funds are going to be used in our plans to renovate classroom space into a training room and production safety systems lab. This all comes from the wonderful relationship we have with the Morgan City Oilfield Fishing Rodeo, and we look forward to continuing that relationship.”


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