ONEOK Inc.'s triple-wide, natural gas-powered mobile office and recruiting station took over two rows of parking Thursday at Oklahoma City Community College in a move designed to help strengthen the relationship between the school and the company.
“What we wanted to do was bring a potential recruiter to campus for our students,” said Randy Cassimus, OCCC's coordinator of alumni relations and community development. “We wanted to bring them in and give them a presence and have some of their personnel meet our students and faculty.”
The truck spent the day in the parking lot, and students were encouraged to visit.
Representatives from ONEOK and its Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. also gave a presentation to the school's engineering club and to transportation technician students.
“This is an effort to build a stronger relationship here and to help some of these students understand what their career opportunities are and who the employees are,” said Lynda Mobley, a community relations representative for ONG who helped guide students through the mobile exhibit.
Known as “Powered by ONE,” the mobile lab includes interactive displays and exhibits that explain natural gas production, transportation and storage. The facility also includes a history of ONEOK and details on its various properties and assets. Interactive games allow people to simulate laying natural gas pipelines.
“Our mobile exhibit is used to educate and inform our key stakeholders in the public on who we are and what we do in the energy industry,” said Terri Pirtle, executive director of the ONEOK Foundation.
The truck runs on four tanks that hold nearly 60 gallons of gasoline equivalent, which provide electricity and heating and air conditioning for eight to 10 hours.
ONEOK began using the custom truck last year. It has since been used at colleges, universities and events throughout the company's 17-state service territory, Pirtle said.