Page Durocher (’00)
While Page Durocher started at Nicholls, because he was from the area, he felt easily distracted. To focus on his academics, Page left to attend the University of New Orleans, where he graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. It wouldn’t be very long, however, before he returned to his home.
“Then I moved to Texas for a few years, and I worked for Texas Parks and Wildlife, and had the opportunity to come back to Houma and work as an environmental manager for an oil field service company,” Page said. “So I took that opportunity and it soon became evident that while the environmental part of the job was important, it wasn’t as critical as the safety of the people that were involved in that manufacturing facility. And it was the precursor to the company that I’m working for now, Oil States.”
But eventually, Nicholls called him back, with a degree that was indispensable to his job. So he went back to school.
“I found out about this Safety Technology program [a year after I started with the company] in ’98, and Oil States was good enough to say that they’d send me back to school and pay for it,” Page said. “So I came back to Nicholls for the Safety Technology degree. In 2000 I received that associate’s degree.”
Now Page works as a Heath Safety Environmental Manager for Oil States. He must manage all of the aspects of health and safety for the employees at Oil States, as well as expand and support at the same time. As a safety manager, Page must also tackle any environmental issues that the manufacturing facility has. Page learned much in his time at Nicholls, and it gave him the professional know-how to perform his job more effectively and efficiently.
“[Nicholls] helped tremendously, because I was working in the field and after I had the opportunity to go back and learn a whole lot more about safety than I could just read in magazines and books and training classes,” Page said. “We got into the depths of what it actually means to manage the safety. Then I knew the lingo. I could understand what people were talking about when, where and how. It was a tremendous help.”