CHARLESTON — The application deadline for the 2019 class of the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy has been extended to Monday, June 17. The Academy is scheduled for July 9-11 on the West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) campus in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

High School sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the energy industry, regional career opportunities and leadership skills are encouraged to apply.

The academy, sponsored by the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGA-WV), provides students with an in-depth look at West Virginia's oil and natural gas industry. During the three-day event, students are immersed in the industry through classroom presentations and field trips with industry experts. Students also will learn about industry-related programs offered at local colleges and universities during the college fair, hosted during the final day of the program.

Tuition, lodging and meals will be provided free of cost to all participants.

"The Tom Dunn Academy provides students with a unique opportunity," said Dennis Xander, member of the Academy's board of directors and president of Denex Petroleum. "There aren't many other programs that provide such an in-depth view of one of the state's most important industries, especially at no cost. We are incredibly happy to offer this to West Virginia students, as they will comprise our future workforce."

Applications are available at Applications can be submitted electronically or by mail. All costs, aside from transportation to and from WVWC, are covered, and students are housed on campus. Students who attend will receive certificates of completion for their efforts.

"We encourage all interested high school students to submit an application," Xander said. "This is a wonderful learning experience, and we hope to see our 2019 class comprised of students from all across the state."

To learn more about the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy and download the application, visit


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