December 3, 2012
In Oil Country, Enrollments Slow Amid a Gusher of Jobs
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Oil started flowing here in Alex Castillo's hometown, and all his friends could talk about was how much money they could make straight out of high school.
Stories were circulating about pipe welders earning $60 an hour and truck drivers hauling pipes for six-figure salaries—without ever setting foot in a college classroom.
Mr. Castillo, whose father does maintenance work in the business, hopes to get an oil-field job when he finishes high school, in May. But he wants to