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Students pay an educational visit to Vandenberg

Jay Pritchard, Vandenberg Space and Missile heritage Center director, gives a tour of the museum to Colorado School of Mines students May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The students learned about the base and visited Lompoc Landing during their 10 day trip along the coast of California. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/ Released)

Jay Pritchard, Vandenberg Space and Missile heritage Center director, gives a tour of the museum to Colorado School of Mines students May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The students learned about the base and visited Lompoc Landing during their 10 day trip along the coast of California. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/ Released)

Anthony Nelson, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron installation restoration program project manager, shows Joseph Rath, Colorado School of Mines student, fracture patterns along the coast May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During a 10 day trip along the coast of California, students visited petroleum sites. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/ Released)

Anthony Nelson, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron installation restoration program project manager, shows Joseph Rath, Colorado School of Mines student, fracture patterns along the coast May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During a 10 day trip along the coast of California, students visited petroleum sites. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/ Released)

Students observe petroleum rock fractures at Lompoc Landing during a 10 day trip along the coast of California, May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Students spent the days visiting petroleum sites and learning about what their future career field entails. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/ Released)

Students observe petroleum rock fractures at Lompoc Landing during a 10 day trip along the coast of California, May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Students spent the days visiting petroleum sites and learning about what their future career field entails. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/ Released)

A student holds tar picked from rock fractures along the shore of Lompoc Landing, May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  During a 10 day trip along the coast of California, Colorado School of Mines students visited petroleum sites to get an overview of the course they will be taking. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/ Released)

A student holds tar picked from rock fractures along the shore of Lompoc Landing, May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During a 10 day trip along the coast of California, Colorado School of Mines students visited petroleum sites to get an overview of the course they will be taking. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/ Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Fifty-eight students from Colorado School of Mines visited the base May 19, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The college juniors are majoring in petroleum engineering and got together for the first time as a class to get an overview of the industry they will be working in.

Jay Pritchard, Vandenberg Space and Missile heritage Center director, gave the students a tour of the museum, enriching them in the history of the base and mission here. Following the museum tour, students explored Lompoc Landing with Anthony Nelson, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron installation restoration program project manager. Nelson walked around the shore showing students the geological rock fractures and how they were created.

The 10 day trip involved visiting petroleum sites around the coast to include Huntington Beach, Bakersville, Vandenberg, and Ventura. The objective of the trip was to expose the students to oil and gas operations, production drilling, and structural geology to get a better understanding of the course they will be taking.