KENEDY — A stiff, chilly wind from the north whips through the city.
Ingrid Hollinger isn’t fazed. She’s felt this kind of cold before.
“I’m used to it by now,” she says, standing in the shadows of an oil rig. “You kind of get used to it after a while.”
It’s here at a recently built training facility that the oil field drilling instructor molds the next generation of energy workers.
Expert after expert has made predictions about the Eagle Ford Shale energy play, about how it will continue to be the Coastal Bend’s economic driver.
Some estimate as many as 10,000 new jobs will be created within the next five years, maybe even sooner. And today women are finding their place in the energy industry.
“Yes, it’s a man’s world, but women can do many of these jobs, too,” said Hollinger, a grandmother of seven. “More and more businesses are seeing that.”