'My students make twice my salary'
Jim Stout, an English professor at Williston State College in North Dakota is losing his best students to the oil fields because they can make more money now than by attending college.
November 2nd, 2011
05:09 PM ET

'My students make twice my salary'

WILLISTON, N.D. (CNNMoney) - Jim Stout, an English professor at Williston State College in Williston N.D., started losing some of his best students to the oil fields last year.

It was too hard to compete: The students could either spend thousands of dollars on a college education or earn $100,000 a year working on the rigs, performing maintenance on oil wells or driving trucks.

"At some point they decide, 'Well, college will always be here ... but the oil boom won't,'" he said.

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