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CMU’s Energy Management/Landman program is only the second in Colorado to be AAPL-accredited.


CMU Energy Management/Landman program receives national stamp of approval

The Energy Management/Landman program at Colorado Mesa University is now accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), a third party endorsement that further affirms the quality education available to CMU students.

“We are very pleased to have the American Association of Professional Landmen confirm that we are teaching our students what they need to know to succeed in this industry,” said Steve Soychak, director of the energy management/landman program. “We actually knew that already based on the industry demand for our graduates and the feedback we get from the companies that employ our students but it’s great that the AAPL agrees.”

CMU’s Energy Management/Landman program, which is a specialty concentration within the business degree program, prepares students to work in the energy industries (both extractive and alternative) in a variety of positions. Currently, 70 percent of students completing the program are working in degree-related positions in the energy industry, Soychak said.

"Energy producers of the Piceance Basin couldn't be more proud and pleased with the accreditation of the Land and Energy Management Program. As Colorado Mesa University joins rank with some of the country's top tier industry training programs, we anticipate the area's workforce, and our companies, will be better for it," said Robert Boswell, president and CEO of Laramie Energy.

Energy management/landman professionals provide business services for natural resource companies, principally gas and oil. They work with landowners to acquire or obtain the rights to use land for energy needs. They often conduct research to determine who actually owns the land and negotiate contracts among landowners, government agencies, and/or companies to enable energy production, transport and sale to the public.

There are only 12 AAPL-accredited energy management/landman undergraduate programs in the United States and Canada. CMU’s program is the second in Colorado to be AAPL-accredited.

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