Corpus Christi (KIII news) — In a special ceremony Tuesday, six Del Mar College students graduated from the only program of its kind in South Texas -- Continuing Education Pipeline Training.

With oil and gas jobs booming, more pipeline workers are needed in the Coastal Bend.

35-year career veteran Louis Lopez started the four-week course. According to Lopez, not enough people are informed about pipelines before they get into the business.

Through coursework and hands-on training, students learn about topics like the industry's history, development and oil fields. The program is a jumpstart for students that will give them an advantage over other potential hires.

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