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UND degree program aims to meet demand for social workers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota is taking steps to help address an expected increase in demand for social workers, with a new degree program and a collaboration with an American Indian tribe. UND in the fall will begin offering an online bachelor’s degree program in social work. The university cites a U.S. Labor Department study that ...

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Chevron pulls nearly 1,000 jobs in Houston

Chevron announced Tuesday that the company will lay off 1,500 oil and gas workers companywide, including over 900 positions in Houston. In a statement released to KPRC 2 News, Chevron said that due to cost reduction efforts approximately 950 positions will be reduced in Houston. Operations in San Ramon, California will experience a reduction of 500 jobs and internationally, 50 ...

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Weatherford announces cuts to workforce

Weatherford executives on Thursday announced plans to further cut costs and lay off another 1,000 employees after shedding 10,000 workers earlier this year. The company will also close 30 more facilities this year in addition to 60 closed across North America in the first half of 2015. Weatherford officials did not specify the regions where those cuts would happen, leaving ...

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Energy industry develops more women as resources


PANNA MARIA – Tina Maglio-Johnson was nervous as she headed out to a drilling site for the first time. She was in her late 20s and had just been hired as a production engineer when she found herself driving through rural Colorado without a map. “You know what it’s like to be driving around in the field. The directions weren’t ...

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Canada’s Encana lays off 200 employees in July amid oil slump

Encana Corp, Canada’s No.1 natural gas producer, said it had laid off about 200 employees this month, joining a growing list of oil producers cutting jobs to cope with a steep fall in crude prices. Encana’s shares fell 10 percent to a 13-year low of C$10.10 after the company reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to weak production. The company’s ...

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Oil industry warns of costs in issuing moratorium on wells

Natural Gas well in the Horn River Basin gas play of Northeastern British Columbia

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Representatives of the oil and natural gas industry warn that issuing a moratorium on wastewater disposal wells could hurt Oklahoma’s economy. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is investigating whether the wells are triggering earthquakes in the state. The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma recorded 585 earthquakes last year. The Oklahoma Geological Survey says there have been more than 500 ...

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How a heart to heart with your boss could save your life

We’ve all played the “what if” game.  What if you were stranded on an island and had to choose one food item to eat for the rest of your life.  I’d like to challenge you to apply the “what if” scenario to safety.  Here’s the question:  “What if you had to pick just one word to describe the key to ...

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June job stats point to a resilient Texas despite oil slump


Even with hindering oil prices, Texas still rated third in the nation for job growth in June. According to state-by-state statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only New York and California beat out the 16,700 jobs Texas added. Overall, 31 states saw an increase in jobs last month while 17 states, plus Washington D.C., saw a decrease. ...

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Energy Industry: The Great Crew Change

Over the past several months the energy industry, specifically the oil and gas sector, has been through a severe downturn.  The slide in the industry crosses all platforms– from oil and gas prices to hitting all-time lows, companies cutting back or even closing down operations, to major slashes in budgets and thousands of people losing their jobs.  The most dramatic ...

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