TAMIU’s Sanchez School of Business Awards First Oil & Gas Accounting Certificates May 15
Posted: 5/8/14

TAMIU’s A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Presents
Oil and Gas Accounting Certificate Ceremony

A group of 15 students will be the first in history to earn a Certificate in Oil & Gas Accounting from Texas A&M International University’s A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business (TAMIU ARSSB) and more fully embrace the prospect of future professional opportunities in the booming oil and gas industry.

The ARSSB will hold a special ceremony for those receiving the Certificate Thursday, May 15 at 4 p.m. in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 116.  A reception will follow, at 4:45 p.m., attended by oil and gas industry leaders, ARSSB Advisory Board members, as well as University administrators and faculty.

Receiving certificates at the ceremony will be Adrian Becerra, Amy Lee Capetillo, Griselda Emily Cepeda, Michelle Cortez, Ramón Estrada, John Ridley Goodpasture, Raúl Humberto Granados, Enriqueta Benavides Limón, Licely López, Priscilla Lizette Martínez, Francisco Alejandro Ortega, Martha Alejandra Peña, Leslie Pérez, and Edgar Gerardo Torres.

The Oil and Gas Accounting Certificate Program is a 12-semester credit hour class taught by oil and gas industry experts and is designed to provide additional education for business students and professionals who wish to enter the global oil and gas industry, with immediate job opportunities created by the Eagle Ford Shale formation.

The program provides students fundamental, functional skills in accounting as well as an understanding of oil and gas industry opportunities available.

Students in the program learn the role and importance of the oil and gas industry for the U.S. economy, the industry’s different accounting aspects, and elements of oil and gas exploration and production.

Instructors for the four courses in the Certificate Program include Cliffe Killam, partner, corporate planning and business development, Killam Oil Company; Oscar Cisneros, vice president for Texas Community Bank; Donato Ramos Jr., partner, Law Offices of Donato D. Ramos; and José Luís Ceballos, founder and owner, Totem LLC.

Dr. Stephen Sears, ARSSB dean, said that the ARSSB plans to explore the development of additional certificate programs related to the energy business area.

“We believe that this new program greatly enhances the education of our students and will provide them with new career opportunities in a rapidly growing industry in South Texas,” Dr. Sears said.

Candidates for the Certificate program include those working for various organizations including SCAN, Inc.; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Killam Oil and Development, C&L Carriers, TAMIU, Uni-Trade Forwarding and H.K. Global Forwarding.

One of the candidates, Amy Capetillo, said she decided to pursue the Certificate because of the phenomenal growth in oil and gas industry and job availability.

“I think that this is a good course TAMIU is offering because the oil and gas industry is one of the industries increasing in Texas,” Capetillo said.

Another student, Licely López, said she decided to pursue the Certificate because of the prominent role the industry plays in the economy.

“I think that the oil and gas industry is very important nowadays and having a Certificate in Oil and Gas Accounting will give me better opportunities to work in the industry,” López said.

Enriqueta Limón, another student, said she pursued the Certificate so that she could have more options in her career.

“I wanted to learn more about the oil and gas industry,” she said, “I am considering opening a business on the service side to cater to the oil and gas industry.”

Limón said she enjoyed the classes because it exposed her to many opportunities that she was unaware of not only locally but also globally.

“I would highly recommend this or any certificate to anyone,” she said, “The more knowledge you acquire, the more opportunities you will have.”

For more information, about the Certificate Program, please contact Maggie Blasco, undergraduate admissions counselor, at 326.2483, e-mail Maggie@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 204 B.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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