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OVU students visit Mark West Energy Partners


Vienna, W.Va.—Ohio Valley University is actively preparing for significant energy industry changes that are coming soon to the Mid Ohio Valley.

On Friday Feb. 16th, the OVU Energy Management & Production Engineering (EMPE) students visited the Mark West Energy Partners’ Sherwood oil/gas processing site in West Union, West Virginia. EMPE program Director Jason Nulton set up this valuable trip to provide his students with first hand knowledge of the oil/gas industry here in the state, with a focus on the expected explosion in economic activity in its energy sector on the heels of major foreign investments. Students were given a presentation by Mark West employees and provided a guided tour of the plant. The site's workers also shared information on their rigorous safety and environmental protection procedures.

Recent announcements of international investment in West Virginia’s energy sector is likely to initiate major growth in the local energy and petrochemical industries, similar to what has recently been seen in the North Dakota energy boom in recent years. OVU is ensuring that its students are fully equiped for the future in energy production with innovative EMPE academic program, which is the only one of its kind in the nation. Ohio Valley University is home to many great students who are working to become vital resources to ensure the safety and prosperity of the Mid Ohio Valley.

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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.