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UW Education Helps Pioneering Student Land Job in Energy Industry

University of Wyoming student Carla Moss conducts an inspection at the Hay Reservoir Field in Sweetwater County during her first internship with Encana Corp. in 2011. Moss is graduating this week with a bachelor’s degree in energy resource management and development from UW’s School of Energy Resources

Carla Moss has landed a job in the Energy Industry due to a new degree program being offered at the University of Wyoming.

According to a UW release, Moss will graduate with a degree in energy resource and management (ERMD) from UW, becoming the first graduate who entered the program as a freshmen. Moss was a Riverton High School student and in an energy exploration class when she first heard about the new degree program being offered at UW. The program was created by UW School of Resources Director Mark Northam and Deputy Director of Energy Outreach Mary Byrnes.

“The program seemed like a good fit immediately,” Moss says. “Enrolling was one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

The release goes on to say that Moss worked for two internships for Encana Corporation in her time at UW which helped her land the position of environmental health and safety analyst for the same company in Plano, Texas.

“Environmental analysts in the oil and gas industry need to be able to assess risk, apply economics to projects and effectively communicate. They must collaborate with government agencies, service companies, engineers, industrial hygienists and countless other professionals. They must also find innovative solutions to solve problems,” Moss says. “I strongly believe my coursework has prepared me to meet these demands in the workforce. I’ve completed a broad array of rigorous and rewarding coursework in the ERMD program, and I am thrilled to launch my career with Encana.”

The University says their School of Energy Resources has produced its first two graduates just last year and the ERMD program now has 55 undergraduates and a professional master’s degree track in development.

“Attracting, developing and retaining the best people for Encana is at the heart of our business strategy, and our university program is an integral component of our staffing approach,” says Jessica Lambdin, with the company’s university relations staff. “We aim to recruit and retain talented college graduates, and the University of Wyoming is one of our key partners in this effort.”


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