GCA Grant Supports College Compression Programs

Panola College President Dr. Gregory Powell [left] accepts a facsimile of a check from Gas Compressor Association (GCA) representatives [2nd from left to right] Larry Aldridge of Holt Cat, Gary Farr of Cummins Inc., and Gary Hale of JW Power Co. Panola was one of seven established regional college Natural Gas Compression Technology programs that received financial support from the GCA this year.

The Gas Compressor Association (GCA) has provided financial support to the natural gas compression technology programs at seven regional colleges this year. College programs receiving 2016 grants from the GCA include San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico; Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma; Panola College in Carthage, Texas; Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyoming; Lackawanna College in New Milford, Pennsylvania; Zane State College in Cambridge, Ohio; and Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas.

Proceeds from GCA’s 21st Annual Expo & Conference, held March 21-23, 2016, in Galveston, Texas, were used to fund the college support. Gas compression training is an ongoing GCA priority that benefits member companies and their customers.

The GCA is a professional trade organization dedicated to the enrichment of its members and their industry – products and services for the natural gas compression market. As an active association of compressor, driver, cooler and control panel manufacturers, packagers, and rental fleet owners, GCA members actively maintain many programs.

Continuing its history of partnering with colleges since 1992, the GCA also provides guidance and networking opportunities that help nurture the compression programs. In addition to the financial grants, many GCA member companies donate equipment and provided instructional support.

The GCA represents compressor packaging and compressor rental, lease, and service companies. “Our industry benefits from an association that brings members with shared interests together that can speak on behalf of the industry as challenging government regulatory issues emerge,” said GCA officials.